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

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,427 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
A stand-alone sequel to My Father's Dragon, in which Elmer Elevator and the flying baby dragon help the king of the canaries find treasure.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 12th 1987 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published October 28th 1950)
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Drew Graham
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me
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
-Random House
-Time:10/17=30min 10/18=31min 10/20=12min
-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
Dale Johnson
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents; Children
Recommended to Carmen by: Alice
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
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the books in this series are excellent! Every few years I dust off my childhood copies and re-read them to the boys! Fun fact: Gannett raised seven daughers and lives in Trumansburg, NY. She is 93 years old!
Katie Lorsch
It was really fun. And it took a few days to finish it. And the first one Elmer was tricking all the animals and I really liked that part and I really liked the new chapters too. -Tommy
Alec Longstreth
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first one, because it actually has the dragon in it. I look forward to reading the third one, which sounds like it will be FULL of dragons!
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wish i could give it 6 stars!! one of the most awesome childrens books ever!!
It was very fictional, he could talk to animals, or the animals could speak english.It was very boring.
This is the second book in the My Father's Dragon trilogy. The first book was one of my favorites as a child, and I never knew there were sequels until I finally decided to review it here on GoodReads. To my delight, this sequel was every bit as sweet and entertaining as the first entry. The artwork was even just as pleasing. While this book did not have the same nostalgic quality as the first to me, it still brought me along on a brilliant adventure with Elmer and the dragon I love so well.

Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
After finishing My Father's Dragon, I continued on to the second volume. The first book described the dragon's rescue, and now Elmer needs to return home. The grateful baby dragon offers to fly him home; a storm forces them ashore an island, where some shenanigans take place, but Elmer is able to make it home in time for his father's birthday.

It's hard to reflect on this one without mention of My Father's Dragon - there is a distinct story within these pages, but it picks up immediately where th
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Elijah's book group... I like this better than the first of the trilogy.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~2017 Reading Challenge: a book set in the wilderness~
My five-year-old son and I are just loving reading this trilogy. I didn't love Elmer and the Dragon quite as much as I loved My Father's Dragon, just because there was a bit less adventure. However, I still found it utterly charming. My son really likes the illustrations and will listen to several chapters in a row and ask for more. The whole idea of the baby dragon sure is cute! The bulk of this book is dedicated to Elmer and the Dragon's visit to an island full of canaries. After finishing the ...more
Laura Verret
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
Leigh Teale
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Picking up where MY FATHER’S DRAGON left off, I have to say that I enjoyed ELMER AND THE DRAGON a bit more. While it never won any awards or got shortlisted by any journals, it was a fun story that tied up the first book nicely.

Having rescued the baby dragon from the beasts of Wild Island, Elmer must now return home in time for his father’s birthday. But a storm strikes, waylaying the pair on their way back to Nevergreen City. They stop for a rest on Feather Island, which is inhabited solely by
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
Ebster Davis
Its a short chapter book with illustrations. It's a sequel to "My Father's Dragon" and picks up where it left off. Most of it is the type of adventure's a kid might envision having on a journey home with his dragon friend, and Elmer and the Dragon look after each other when things don't go right.

I particularly liked that whenever something goes wrong, Elmer offers his friend a pink lollipop to make it all better. The dragon doesn't particularly love lollipops at the start, but because its kind
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shanna Gonzalez
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
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
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Elmer and the dragon is an interesting tale with talking animals. This book is different than My Father's Dragon because it does not have as many animals, but focuses on Elmer getting home. In this story, Elmer and the dragon end up on Feather Island, and island that is only inhabited by yellow canaries.

The story moves along at a steady pace with no lack of adventure. The artwork enhances the story greatly while the storytelling keeps the reader totally engrossed.

Overall, Elmer and the Dragon
Beth Anne
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud, 2013, 2014
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
Jorie Turner
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Mari Anne
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
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
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
I think the first book in this series was pretty good, but this one didn't seem as interesting. It could be the reader wasn't very expressive when we listened to it in the car. My 6 year old enjoyed it, but my 4 year old was bored with it - even though he'd enjoyed My Father's Dragon when I read it to him. (April 2011)

I read this to Isaac (almost 6) right after finishing the first book and he still enjoyed it. I still don't think it's as good as the first one, but we will still look for book 3 a
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this wonderful sequel to My Father’s Dragon, Elmer Elevator and the Baby Dragon are trying to find their way home after a big adventure on Wild Island. A storm forces them to make an emergency landing, and they find themselves on Feather Island, which they soon find out is an island for escaped canaries from all over the world. Can Elmer use his wits to help the curious canary king and save the day one more? A gentle tale of adventure, friendship, and problem-solving. Perfect as a read-aloud ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worthy sequel to 'My Father's Dragon' but it does not catch the essence of the first book. What I mean is that the first book had a compelling plot. Elmer, the young adventurer, had to travel far away to an obscure island to free an enslaved dragon. He encountered several dangers which he keenly overcome but the second book is not as captivating.

'Elmer and the Dragon' is not necessarily dull but it will not live up to your expectations if you expected the series to be as good as the first book
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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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