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The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett
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Sep 21, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: children-04-08
Read in September, 2009

This story rounds out the trilogy begun with My Father's Dragon. Leaving Elmer at his home, the baby dragon flies away to his own home, the cave at the center of the Awful Desert in the Mountains of Blueland. There, his parents, six sisters and seven brothers are trapped in a cave whose entrance is guarded by a group of men. In desperation he returns to Elmer to ask for help, and their adventures commence. Through planning, judicious use of provisions, and ingenuity they free the dragon's family from the trap, and Elmer takes his first train ride to return home. The Dragon Affair appears in the newspaper the following day, but Elmer never reveals the secret of his own participation.

This is more of the same fun fare that characterized the first two books, capitalizing on the mystique of dragons which makes Elmer's participation in their lives quite a romantic adventure. Again, Elmer would set a better example by confiding in his parents, but the lighthearted and fanciful nature of this adventure may help young readers interpret his behavior without emulating his secrecy.

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