Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
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Three Tales of My Father's Dragon (My Father's Dragon #1-3)

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The classic fantasy trilogy of Elmer Elevator and the flying baby dragon has
delighted children and their parents for generations. Now, on the occasion of
their fiftieth anniversary, Random House is proud to bring the three timeless
tales together in one beautiful commemorative edition, complete with the
original delightful illustrations. A Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notabl...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published 1998 by Random House (first published 1987)
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Razvan Zamfirescu
In categoria sa, cartea isi merita, cu siguranta, calificativul de "clasica". Doar ca ar trebui sa fiti cu bagare de seama pentru ca daca obisnuiti sa cititi cu placere, pe langa fictiunea si non-fictiunea de zi cu zi, si carti gen Mary Poppins sau Roald Dahl, asa cum fac eu, acest titlu s-ar putea sa nu va aduca o placere la fel de mare, de vreme ce cartea are un public mult mai tanar. Daca veti reusi sa o priviti prin ochii unui copil de 5-6 ani, sunt convins ca o veti aprecia, dar eu nu am re...more
Tanya D
I've been reading chapter books to my seven year old, with my four year old kinda listening and mostly jumping on us. We all liked these three tales about Elmer and Boris the dragon. I liked that the chapters are short, good for bedtime and reading aloud. It had fun illustrations every couple page to keep my four-year old interested too. I loved that the story was fun and exciting while at the same time being so simple and innocent. So many "children" books have sad and terrible things happening...more
Krista
My 4 year old son got this for Christmas this year and loved it. I've lost count of the number of times we have read through it. This volume is a compilation of three books that all center on the relationship between a boy (sometimes called "My Father" and sometimes "Elmer") and a dragon (Boris) that he rescues from some mean, wild animals. It has all the elements of a great adventure- planning, travel, secrecy, danger, friendship, and a safe return home- that a little boy wants. This is one of...more
Anjali Williams
I missed this series as a child but read them aloud to both my kids. They are perfect early chapter books for younger children, because there are whimsical illustrations on nearly every page, kind and resourceful characters, and nothing too scary. Sienna liked that Elmer would risk his life to make a baby dragon happy. But she didn't like the "sad" parts (that, for example, the dragon needs to be rescued), which made her rate it a 3, instead of 4.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 27, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents looking for a good read aloud
All three of the My Father's Dragon books in one volume. They really are all just one big story, so this makes perfect sense. The only drawback is that you lose the cover art for the first two books.
A perfect read aloud for kids ages 4-8, especially those not ready for Harry Potter.
Ann Carpenter
These were three cute books. I liked the first book My Father's Dragon the best of the three. I can see why it won awards while the two sequels did not. Only ever referring to the main character as "my father" leant a perfect note to the cozy story. I missed that element when the other two books started calling him Elmer. I also thought the plot of the first book (such as it was) was more distinguished as well. While it is very episodic in nature, it certainly achieves what it sets out to do. Th...more
Alice
I read the first two books -- at least, I don't really remember the third one -- when I was much younger. They captured my imagination, and in a fit of nostalgia that's the internet's fault, I decided to track down the books again.

Going back to them, I found myself realizing how much they were written for children. Not that this is a bad thing -- there is just this rhythm to the words, the use of numbers and alliteration, and the silly names, that gives the feeling that the book should be read o...more
Will
"Everything had to be kept very secret, so when they found or bought anything to take on the trip they hid it behind a rock in the park. The night before my father sailed he borrowed his father's knapsack and he and the cat packed everything very carefully. He took chewing gum, two dozen pink lollipops, a package of rubber bands, black rubber boots, a compass, a toothbrush and a tube of tooth paste, six magnifying glasses, a very sharp jackknife, a comb and a hairbrush, seven hair ribbons of dif...more
kingshearte
My Father's Dragon and its two sequels are books that Da read to us when we were little, and they're very cute. I'd actually kind of forgotten about them until I started working with books and saw them again. Then I spotted an edition of all three books in one hardcover volume at a used book sale, and snapped it up. I don't have a blurb for it because it didn't have its dust jacket at that time, but suffice it to say that it's about a boy named Elmer who has adventures with a baby dragon named B...more
Laura
This book was an attempt to spend my week with my 7 yr old niece reading something other than princesses and fairies. Not that I don't like princesses and fairies, but there is a lot of great stuff out there without them that she might like if she only tried it so..... I picked up this classic Newburry Medal winner. I suspect the book would have been a winner if the hero had been a heroine - having no girls at all in a story was a bit too far out of the box and my niece didn't much enjoy a story...more
Sarah
This was a cute trilogy and it was fun to have a simple, quick read after some lengthier read-a-louds. I especially loved the illustrations which made my girls laugh several times- they especially enjoyed the part where the lion's hair is braided and bowed. I also appreciated that my 6 y/o could read this on her own since most of the books I read my older daughter can re-read but they are a little too wordy for the younger one at this point.
Mark Baker
All three of the books about Elmer's adventures with the dragon. While the first is the best, all of them are still fun and make great early chapter books, read alouds, or both.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Maria Lamagna
I read these books:
#1 My Father's Dragon
#2 Elmer and the Dragon
#3 The Dragons of Blueland

. . . in 3rd grade, and to this day, I love them very much. I still pick them up and read them time to time and just wish I could relive them once again. I love tehm very much and will have a special place in my heart.
Lena Hillbrand
Sep 06, 2011 Lena Hillbrand rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids
This book has three tales about the a courageous boy and an enslaved baby dragon whom he helps to escape. The three stories are full of adventure and imagination, and good for readers as young as five. In the first story, we get to know the father, Elmer(when he was a boy), and Boris the baby dragon. Elmer goes through many trials and cleverly outsmarts all the wild animals who have trapped the baby dragon to work as their ferry across the river so they can avoid the alligators. Through use of E...more
Elise
I read the first story to my boys and they loved it. It was a quick chapter book, with excitement that kept my 4 year old listening. The second story was much slower. We didn't even desire to finish the 3rd.I do recommend the first for a read aloud to younger kids!
Emma
This was one of the very first chapter books I ever read, and I loved every word of it. I think this book, most of all, is what started my intense love of books and words. It teaches you about the importance of friendship and using your imagination to get out of sticky situations. My teacher Mrs. Matthews read the first story out loud to us over the course of the school year, but once the first was done I moved on to the other two by myself. My favorite was always the classic "My Father's Dragon...more
Woodge
Over a period of six nights, I read these tales aloud to my six-year-old son, Luke, and three-year-old daughter, Kajsa. Last night after finishing the book I asked Luke if he enjoyed the stories. "I loved it," said Luke. (Meanwhile, Kajsa got far too squirmy to pay much attention after the first 10 minutes of any story). Luke ate it up though. The first of these three tales was published back in 1948! They concern the adventures of a young boy named Elmer Elevator and a baby dragon that he rescu...more
Mike Ehlers
An alternate choice for the Mother/Daughter book group my wife and daughter attended. My daughter read it even though it was a bit below her reading level. As one of the books collected here was a Newbery Honor book, I decided to read it, too.

The stories have a quaint charm, as do the illustrations (which fit the book quite well). Interesting that the books have stayed in print so long, but beyond that they didn't seem that special. Of course I may feel different had I come upon them as a child...more
Melinda
I loved My Father's Dragon when I was in second grade, it was one of my favorite stories. I was delighted to discover that there are two subsequent tales that complete the adventures of Elmer Elevator and Boris the Dragon. To me, the stories evolve as if a child were inventing the narrative, creating magical lands whose titles are most descriptive and factual; animals who appear fierce, but succumb to the clever tricks and deversions that Elmer initiates; and the final victory of Elmer's success...more
Kaia
Read this aloud to my four year old. Good chapter book for his age because almost every page has an illustration. Cute story and he wanted to read the whole thing, but not especially memorable.
Jonathan Wylie
I read this with my kids. A great read aloud where the adults stay entertained as well. Wade says thank you to his aunts who bought him this trilogy.
Vikki
a bookseller friend recommended these stories to read with my 5-year-old son, and they were a great success. my daughter's first chapter book, around this age, was "james & the giant peach," but my son isn't quite ready for a commitment of that magnitude. the three books that make up this collection are actual chapter books, but they're short enough and contain enough silliness and great illustrations to keep my son coming back several nights in a row. we read all three in the span of a coup...more
Ryan Mac
My four year old REALLY liked this book. This was an enjoyable chapter book that was a nice change from Jack and Annie and the Magic Treehouse.
Kari Odenath
My 4 year old son's first "chapter book". He LOVES it!! He listens intently (he doesn't know how to read yet) and at the end of each chapter can answer questions about the plot. Great first book :)
Emmet Miles
popsicornia Wagonwheels evergreen park in nevergreen city
Boris and Elmer
Kate
I love this book and have read it over 10 times. It's a great book for kids.
Brian
These books are obviously meant for a kindergarten or first grade audience, but I would bet that even for them, the books would be just boring. The stories lack any emotional connection to Elmer, the hero, or his dragon friend, Boris. And for some reason, the author insists on describing in detail the number of items Elmer has in his backpack. "He picked 31 tangerines for the trip. The next morning he ate nine tangerines." Who cares?! The only enjoyable part of the books for me was when Elmer tr...more
Jeff
My Father's Dragon is a fantastic story of high adventure, talking animals, and tangerines. Originally published in the 1940's and 50's as three separate books, this is a great introduction to chapter books for young kids. In someways the plot unfolds like a story written by a third grader. That is to say totally randomly, but it is funny and keeps you reading. It is simple whimsy that my four year old loved.
Mady Frellick
My favourite series as a young child.
Amy Kannel
A charming set of stories, with lots of illustrations. My 6yo and 3yo loved it. The first was my favorite--I enjoyed how clever the boy was portrayed to be.
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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.

More about Ruth Stiles Gannett...
My Father's Dragon (My Father's Dragon, #1) Elmer and the Dragon (My Father's Dragon, #2) The Dragons of Blueland (My Father's Dragon, #3) My Father's Dragon: Books 1 and 2: #1 My Father's Dragon #2 Elmer and the Dragon (My Father's Dragon) Katie and the Sad Noise

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