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Elmer and the Dragon (My Father's Dragon #2)

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In this sequel to My Father's Dragon. Elmer and Boris's island hopping adventures continue.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Yearling (first published October 28th 1950)
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Drew Graham
I can't quite remember if I read this one as a child too, but I'm pretty sure I did. If I did, I could remember absolutely nothing about it by now, so it was basically like reading it for the first time. This book picks up directly after the last page of the previous book, and continues the adventures of Elmer Elevator and the baby dragon. After Elmer saves his friend from the animals of Wild Island, they journey to take Elmer home, but become waylaid by a fierce storm at sea. When the storm cal ...more
Riho Uto
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-7words summary:Elmer-dragon-help-King-treasures-present-back
-Discussion question:
1.Animals can speak in this book. What kind of animals do you want to talk?
I want to talk with horses. I like horses. They are cool! I want to ask how horses feel about be ridden by people.
2.In the end, Elmer gave presents to his parents. Have you ever given some gifts to your parents?
Yes,however, when I was young. I don't know what presents my parents want. I w
Aug 04, 2014 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents; Children
Recommended to Carmen by: Alice
Shelves: children, fiction
Elmer and his baby dragon head for home. Can they make it? No, they have to make a pit stop on Feather Island, the island that all lost canaries go. Only, there's a problem on the island - everyone has a deadly disease. They are dying of curiosity!

Here's my favorite part:

"Gold! I knew it! Just think of it, Queen. Six bags of gold!" trilled the King.
"What will you do with them, King dear?" asked the Queen.
"I won't do anything with them. I'll just have them and be rich."

Also, Elmer's mom rede
Dale Johnson
Mar 21, 2015 Dale Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 2nd-3rd graders and their parents
Recommended to Dale by: My 3rd grader
First published as a 3rd grade level book (probably 2nd grade by today's standards): my son's favorite at that age. I'm now gifting them to my grand daughter. Occasional illustrations. At 76 pages, my reading time was an easy hour.

Book 2: Elmer and the Dragon.
Not as rich as book 1, but still rich, and a fun read. This book follows the adventures of Elmer and the dragon as they make their way towards Elmer's home as he tries to return after his two-week adventure. Most of the story is either abou
In the second book in the series, Elmer has rescued the baby dragon. The baby dragon promises to fly Elmer back to Nevergreen City, but they are blown off course to Canary Island in a storm. Elmer and the dragon help cure the canaries of their curiosity by unearthing a treasure chest left by settlers. The dragon drops Elmer off at home to reunite with his parents.

This book would be appropriate for readers between eight and ten years old. Readers that enjoy fantasy and adventure stories may enjoy
Remember My Father’s Dragon? Sequel!

The Story.

Now that he’s successfully freed the baby dragon from the mean animals that were using him as a ferry, Elmer Elevator thinks it’s time to go back home. But he has no way to leave Wild Island. Unless – unless the baby dragon could fly him home!

The baby dragon is overjoyed to be helping his rescuer. But, alas!, he is a only a baby dragon and does not have all of his strength. He must stop for rest all along their journey. Will Elmer and the dragon ever
Kimberly Werner
'Elmer and the Dragon" is a fantasy novel for children ages 8-12 (intermediate). The main character, Elmer is a young boy who has set out on a magical adventure to rescue a baby dragon. Once rescued, the grateful baby dragon agrees to fly Elmer home in time for his father's birthday. The two set off to Elmer's hometown of Evergreen City, finding an adventure of their own and making new friends along the way. The book consists of 10 short chapters in all and the font is slightly enlarged, which i ...more
Mark Baker
The journey home with the dragon is filled with danger when they encounter a storm and must land on an island with the dangerous disease of curiosity. While not quite as imaginative as the first book, it is still fun for all ages.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
A wonderful early reader story. I remember reading this when I was little, the librarian @ my elementary had a bunch of us help her craft a gigantic yellow & blue paper mache (covering a 8x4 foot chicken wired body) dragon to be displayed in the library. When I had my own children I read the series them while they were small as well.
Ann Moody
I can hardly say enough good about the absorbing "My Father's Dragon" trilogy, but here goes.

1. Extraordinarily well written.

2. Travels almost seamlessly from its generation to ours

3. Adventurous and empathetic

4. Delightful

5. Appropriate for young readers

6. The very definition of Classic

7. Pure fun
I can't believe that my childhood was void of this book. Just had the pleasure to read it aloud with my 5 year old. She is a very new reader and we took it at a leisurely pace. It immediately drew her in despite her reluctance to read a "real" chapter book. Elmer's adventures and friendship with the Dragon are so fresh and magical - the imagery lit up the imagination of mother and child. Part of the reason the book took a few weeks to read was that my five year old was so delighted by each chapt ...more
This really doesn't require reading the first book in the series. I found an old tattered copy on a free table somewhere, and it's the perfect level for kiddo; chapters are deliciously short, everyone basically gets along with everyone else, and there are little conflicts which are all resolvable in four pages.
A good sequel. Lots of pictures, short chapters. Thank goodness boy was referred to by name in this book rather than "my father" like in the previous book. That got a little confusing when reading out loud.

Libby's review (spoiler alert): "I liked when Elmer Elevator came home and his mom had the cat."
Jerusalen Castaneda
I give this book a three because in one of the chapters all he talks about is how Elmar and the dragon feel when there flying. There is also a part when they are digging up the treasure and all the chapter is about digging up the treasure. I would like also a little more action.
Shanna Gonzalez
A continuation of the lighthearted fantasy begun in My Father's Dragon, in which the dragon delivers Elmer to his home after their adventures. Throughout their journey they meet similar challenges as in the first story -- a storm that maroons them, a riddle to be solved on an isolated island, and treasure discovered. Elmer's homecoming (bearing gifts for his parents) is heartwarming, although he never tells the secret of his adventure.

It would be better for his adventure take place with his pare
I read this aloud to my kids, and they again thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling. It was not nearly as ingenious and engaging as the first book, with its creative solutions to big problems, but it was still an amusing tale.
This sequel to My Father's Dragon was really fun to read with my kids. On Canary Island is a buried treasure, and Elmer helps the canaries unbury the treasure. My five year old loves pirates and dragons, so buried treasure made this small chapter book extra interesting to him. It was funny to hear his predictions of what would be in the treasure chest! Even though the book is about 50 years old, it still is interesting to kids today. We were reading it outside in the backyard, and when the birds ...more
Jorie Turner
Dec 03, 2007 Jorie Turner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 1-3
Shelves: fantasy, chapter
Summary: Elmer and Boris the dragon are stranded on a remote island inhabited only by canaries. One of them, Flute, was Elmer's pet until he escaped to Canary Island. Elmer helps Flute and the king and queen canaries to dig up a chest that the island's former human settlers left. Inside are various household items, a watch, a harmonica, and six bags of gold. The dragon flies Elmer back to his house before returning to Blueland, his own home.
Response: I was surprised at the differences in this bo
Nice short chapters, ideal for bedtime reading... *Really* wished we had read the first book as there is nothing in the way of bringing a new reader up to date with the story so far..
Mari Anne
Jun 12, 2012 Mari Anne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mari Anne by: Rhonda Henshaw
Shelves: mg-ya
This is the second book in the early readers series "My Father's Dragon". While not quite as cute and clever as the first book, this is still a fun read-aloud for bedtime. Aidan is enjoying it so much that he already asked to start the series over when we finish the third and final book. In this installment Elmer and Dragon start their journey home only to get sidetracked by a storm. They end up on the Feather Island, where they find esacaped canaries living. All the canaries are dying of the dr ...more
The second in the series didn't disappoint. My 5-year old already wants to start on the third. This is a great read-aloud book, with enough pictures to keep up interest, for even the shortest of attention spans.
My almost 4 year-old and I love this series! They're such clever books that tap right into my son's sense of wonder and adventure. Love them all.
This book was better than the first. It is the second and third books that would make me think of reading this series to kids
Beth Anne
1/14 read aloud to Will (and Emma). Will is loving this series. It's been perfect for capturing his imagination and taking his love of books up to the next level. We read half the book in one day, and he wanted to move right into the final book in he series when we finished. Amending my previous rating of 4 stars to 5. These are great early chapter books, enjoyable even more upon re-read for me as well.

1/13 The fantastic sequel to My Father's Dragon. This book is as descriptive, fanciful, and b
I thought this story wasn't quite as good as the first one in the series, but my kids really enjoyed it.
I just finished reading this to my boys (6 and 4)and loved it. I had never heard of the My Father's Dragon series until it was recommended by a local librarian. (We had just finished the Magic Tree House series and I wasn't quite sure where to go next.) These fantasy/adventure books were first published in the mid 1900s and are clever, fast paced and wholesome. Great for reading out loud to young children and simple enough that I can have my 6 year old read passages too. We are now enjoying the ...more
Elmer and the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett is the sequel to the classic My Father's Dragon. In this installment, Elmer and the baby Dragon are flying over the ocean towards Elmer's home when a storm hits. The Dragon has to make a crash landing in the sea and ends up landing on an island. Elmer and the Dragon believe the island to be deserted until an old friend of Elmer's appears. I actually liked this book better than the original. There's much less problem solving, but you can still see the a ...more
AJ and I read this together. Perfect for her right now. Quirky story, super simple.
Not as good as the first. Matea's attention drifted a lot more with this one
The necessary follow-up to the first book, My Father's Dragon. The story continues in the same fun way. We are all loving this trilogy. On to book 3!
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Ruth Stiles Gannett wrote My Father's Dragon just a few years after her graduation from Vassar College in 1944.

She lives in Upstate New York.

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