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Three Tales Of My Father's Dragon

(My Father's Dragon #1-3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  3,746 ratings  ·  423 reviews
My Father's Dragon, Elmer And The Dragon, The Dragons Of Blueland
Also includes an introduction by the author.
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published 1998 by Random House (first published 1987)
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Roxanne It depends on the child. My daughter is three and loved having this read aloud to her, but she's a big book lover. I would think up to an eight or ten…moreIt depends on the child. My daughter is three and loved having this read aloud to her, but she's a big book lover. I would think up to an eight or ten year old would enjoy this, depending on the kid. (less)

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Tanya D
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
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
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wee-lads
I typically reserve five stars for great works of literature, but reading this book aloud to my four-year-old was an experience I'd like to never forget. To him, at his age, it absolutely is an amazing piece of literature.

He would have sat through an entire book if I'd let him. Reading just three chapters at a time was hardly a fast enough pace for him. And I was shocked by his comprehension. Even at the end of the first story, he could recall all ten chapters in great detail. He studied the si
Claudia Badiu
O poveste construită din trei povești, despre prietenie, ajutor, colaborare și bunătate. O poveste în care se conturează "imagini" inedite cu animale din junglă care ronțăie dulciuri sau cu dragoni colorați în cele mai ciudate combinații posibile. Mi-a plăcut imaginația și neobișnuitele întâmplări, însă nu am înțeles de ce e vorba de dragonul "tatălui" și de ce autoarea nu oferă unele explicații referitoare la acest lucru. De asemenea au fost unele detalii care, în opinia mea, îi iau puțin din s ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
As the author states in her introduction, the first story was written for amusement, and practically wrote itself. The second two were more difficult. And in my opinion it shows... they just aren't as lively & enchanting. But then, I've never been a huge fan of the first, so what do I know.... Judge for yourself. Very quick read.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon is the compilation of a children's series written by the author in the 1940's and 50's. The three stories that make up this collection are My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, and The Dragons of Blueland. In My Father's Dragon, we meet Elmer Elevator as he ventures out to save a baby dragon. In Elmer and the Dragon, the boy and the dragon continue their adventures together. In The Dragons of Blueland, Elmer once more helps his friend the dragon with trouble ...more
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
Victor The Reader
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-on-kindle
Grade: A
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
All three books in the series. I read them to my daughter. She loved them. Its an adventure series (short chapter books) perfect for early readers or for ages 3+ as a parent-read-aloud book. My Father's Dragon was my favorite of the three.
Lisa Brown
The story of Elmer and the adventures he had in his youth, narrated by his son. There are three separate adventures, but each of them are full of adventure, fun, and the cleverness of Elmer - not to mention his being well prepared with things in his knapsack, which he figures out how best to use in any situation. Elmer travels to an island to save a baby dragon, and that its just the beginning.

Sweet, cute, and a fun adventure story - all three of my kids really enjoyed it, ages ranging from 5 to
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a great introduction to chapter books book. My boys read and re-read this series. They're captivated by the adventure and love them all. It gives good problem solving discussions, is fun to read aloud with many voices, and is a short read (I think it was audiobook was 2 hours for all 3 books). Good, light, children's fiction. Perfect for a reader just venturing into chapter books.
Kirsten Kinnell
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: felix
Felix loved this. Read Jan 2018
Carrie Lynn
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the first chapter book I’ve read exclusively to my son who just turned 3.
Tonight, we finished the last book in this three part series. The first book was absolute perfection- it was short, simple, funny, sweet, adventurous, and full of pictures ;) 5 stars. The other two stories were also cute and sweet but nothing could beat the first one. My son loved it, I loved it, we highly recommend it.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, read-aloud
Baby dragons, maps, tangarines: Best. Read-aloud. Ever.
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading My Father's Dragon (1948), Elmer And the Dragon (1950), and The Dragons of Blueland (1951), all by Ruth Stiles Gannett. (My Father's Dragon was a Newbery Honor book for 1949.) I'd read My Father's Dragon before many years ago--long before I started blogging--but this was my first opportunity, I believe, to read the two sequels.

I loved the way My Father's Dragon opens:
One cold rainy day when my father was a little boy, he met an old alley cat on his street. The cat was ve
Taro Yamashita
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I *LOVED* the first book, "My Father's Dragon," from the time I was a kid. I didn't know, until I went to purchase the book for my nephews, that it was the first in a trilogy. So, I bought a copy of the trilogy for me, as well as one for my nephews.

The first book is unassailable as anything other than "wonderful" because of the place it holds in my past. My childhood imagination and wonder are so tied to it that I cannot see it through critical eyes of an adult at all. That said, if I could, I'm
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
This was a lovely book. My Vintage Book Circle group all loved it. We liked the dragons a lot. I remember being so amazed at how prepared he was. He had just the right thing for every circumstance! One person said this was the book that made her become a librarian. We all thought that it would capture the imagination of children today despite the fact that it was written in 1948. Excellent first chapter book for third graders, I would think.
Anjali Williams
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great chapter book to read aloud to young children about a young boy and his baby dragon friend. I think the age window for reading this book to kids is pretty short (3-10). I read it to my eight year-old and 11 year-old. The eight year-old was completely enthralled; the 11 year-old liked it, but was bored at times. Also, it's a little dated.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Reading this with Arianna. She is really enjoying it, and often asks for "one more chapter".
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
My children love this as a bedtime story. We read a few chapters each night, but they're begging for more. The simple, black and white illustrations are engaging. This is one we read again and again!
Renee Priddis
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book. I read this to my kids. They enjoyed it and so did I...a children's beginner chapter book that kept everyone's attention! Success!
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I read the first story in this book years ago, but I can't remember anything about them other than a vaguely pleasant sentiment. This time, I read it aloud to my 4-year old. I don't like to push things on her, I want reading to be fun and all that, so I read it to her on nights she asked for it, which she did more often than not, but definitely not every night, so it took us a while to get through all three stories. But still, she liked it, remembered what was happening for the most part, and sh ...more
Printable Tire
Audiobooks I listened to at the gym. Think I picked them up for free at a library either in Laconia, NH or Cape Cod.

Obviously, I'm not the target audience for these. At my age, the mellow voice of the narrator is more gratingly patronizing than soothing. The first story, though not the most original what with its adventure game structure of find-right-object-to-give-to-obstacle animal plot, seemed the longer and fullest of the three.

Why the confused framing of "My Father's Dragon?" when "my" i
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We have just finished reading: My father's dragon -- Elmer and the dragon -- The dragons of Blueland.

We absolutely loved the books! They are short chapter books, approx. 80 pages long, with maps and illustrations. Despite being short they still feel like a full story and remind me of the books I read as a child (which were largely published in the 1800s or 1950s.

Miss 4 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get di
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
I revisited this after many years - I remember reading it together with my father when I was young! It is still a delightful read. My favorite aspect of the book is the way that the author treats the reader with such dignity - never simplifying a situation because the book is directed towards younger readers. I also like how the book humanizes an adult by talking about the adventures of his youth - it's such a nice change from the typical treatment of adults as idiots or villains that is so comm ...more
Stefanie Delinois
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I recently read this to our 4 year old. It seems appropriate for her age. FYI- if you read it to your children: The mother spanks, I think they said "whips" her boy for bringing the stray cat in the house. Also, some of the animals threaten the boy with violence while he is rescuing the baby dragon. I might have used different language to communicate the same idea when reading it aloud to my child. Overall, it is an adventure story about a little boy who rescues a baby dragon from some wild anim ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My three year old LOVED these books but I am not sure how well she understood them (she just turned 3). The language is fairly simple but she had a lot of questions about the story and the setting, which was great and amusing for me. I didn't like the first book as much as the other two books but my daughter found it funny. Its a step up reading-wise from her normal Peppa Pig books but boring to read as an adult. I think its a good book for 4-5 year olds and then again maybe for beginning reader ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

My Father's Dragon (3 books)
  • 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)