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Preview — The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
The Reluctant Dragon
The Boy lives in a cottage with his mother and father, and the Dragon lives in a cave on the Downs. The Boy is his only friend. The Dragon is not at all the sort of Dragon one might expect to meet, however - he's polite, and friendly, and just came to the Downs to lead a peaceful life and compose poetry. However the Dragon soon finds himself the target of a campaign on the...more
But, the townspeople are afraid and, even though the dragon hasn't harmed anyone, they want to get rid of him. Will the boy be able to keep the dr...more
This dragon is reluctant to fight, preferring instead to work on his verses. The shepherd's son knows from his extensive reading of natural history and fairy tales that a dragon must fight when St. George comes to town. But this dragon balks. So the three devise a spectacle in which all keep their honor, the townspeople are treated to a worthy show, and the dragon g...more
The plot of this story is straightforward enough: A dragon moves into a cave near a village. The villagers want the dragon gone. The villagers hire a knight to fight the dragon. But there are such delightful twists and turns along the...more
This is a truly wonderful story-within-a-story: two children, fancying that the snow tracks they've followed from their yard are those of a dragon, encounter a kindly neighbor, who tells them a story - of course, about a boy who meets a literarily-inclined, and unusually good-tempered dragon.
Whimsical, warm and clever.
2. This story of a boy and a special dragon that has a unique relationship with the boy. The boy earns the trust and friendship of the dragon. The boy soon discovers that a St. Georges will be coming to defeat the dragon, but he soon arranges a meeting between the dragon and the Saint so that a "fight" can be arranged.
A. Uniqueness of the plot
B. Besides the traditional story of the knight that defeats a dragon, this story does an excel...more
The Reluctant Dragon is a hear-warming tale of friendship, problem solving, and challenging old ideas. A boy ventures into the cave above his house after his terrified Father claims he met a dragon. The boy, who spends his immersed in all types of books, befriends a surprisingly well-mannered dragon after joining him for some evening poetry, tea and biscuits. Soon after, the townspeople, begin to talk and call on the services of...more
This is a new layer adds to the classic story of St. George and the Dragon. I felt like Grahame expected children to already be familiar with the ancient poetry, so one could read this and find all the little subtleties to it. From this book we are to see the legend from the child's perspective, because of course that is important.
I appreciated the nod to the fantastical, the expectations of respecta...more
As an adult, I loved the humor in this story. I think children will love the adventure.
I probably wouldn't have picked this up if it weren't for the reference in "Tending the Heart of Virtue." The story was fine. It wasn't terribly inspiring, but it was a little entertaining. Once we finished reading I wanted to remember which section of "Tending the Heart..." it was in. Turns out that it's in the section about friends and mentors (He mentions that this is the most lovable dragon in children't literature. Instead, I pick the dragon from "My Fath...more
Summary: The boy who finds the dragon in the cave knows it is a kindly, harmless one, but how can he convince the frightened villagers and, especially, St. George the dragon killer that there is no cause for concern?
I like how St. George shows up to fight the Dragon already canonized (referred to throughout as "the Saint"). And I like how the Boy has nothing better to do than lie around and read whatever he likes.
It's a very good fairy tale and is probably one of the first stories to portray a classic monster as an intellectual lover of peace. I'm sure mu...more