My Father's Dragon

My Father's Dragon

By: Ruth Stiles Gannett
Published by: Random House
Simultaneously published by: The Junior Literary Guild
Publication Date: 1948
Series: My Father's Dragon Trilogy
Series Number: 1
List: Junior Literary Guild, Best Read Alouds for Boys (Age 4-6)

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On Wild Island a group of lazy animals had captured a baby dragon and put him to work. This little dragon could fly, so they used him to ferry them across the river. He didn't like it.

So went the tale that Elmer Elevator ("my father") heard from his friend, the cat, long ago. Being a kind-hearted boy, Elmer set out to rescue the dragon. With the advice of the cat, he made elaborate preparations for his secret journey, but he never dreamed what adventures were to befall him once he set foot on Wild Island. How he outwitted the lions, tigers and wild boars and other animals and freed the dragon makes an appealing and delightfully humorous tale.

Tried out on adults as well as children before publication, My Father's Dragon has met with a gratifyingly favorable response from both. One enthusiastic reader said: "Not since Stuart Little have I had such a good time with a story!"

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My Father's Dragon Reprint

My Father's Dragon
Reprinted in 2014 by Dover Publications
Available formats: Paperback
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My Father's Dragon Reprint

My Father's Dragon
Reprinted in 2019 by Dover Publications
Available formats: Hardcover
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Both a Newbery Honor Book and an American Library Association Notable Book, this charming story has delighted generations of readers since its original publication in 1948. The imaginative tale has served as inspiration for a play, as well as a Japanese anime version and a forthcoming animated film. With bold artwork newly reproduced from the artist's originals, this edition of My Father's Dragon is the definitive version of an enduring children's classic.

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