Three Tales Of My Father's Dragon - My Father's Dragon, Elmer And The Dragon, The Dragons Of Blueland

by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Hardcover, 1998



Local notes

Fic Gan



Random House (1998)


A compilation of three tales which relate the fantastic adventures of Elmer Elevator and a baby flying dragon named Boris.


Original publication date


Physical description

242 p.; 9.13 inches


0679889116 / 9780679889113



User reviews

LibraryThing member lemonsbetter
This was a favorite of mine when I was little. I can't imagine never knowing the adventures of my father to rescue the dragon!
LibraryThing member 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 rescues in the first tale. Cute, light-weight stuff with a few illustrations sprinkled throughout. The end papers of the book are two different maps of the story‚Äôs environs. Luke wants to make his own maps now.… (more)
LibraryThing member MeggiEmarf
I think this is the first actual chapter book I remember reading. It was my absolute favorite. I could read it over and over again. Today it is still one of my favorites.
LibraryThing member rfewell
Reading this one with Q and Lu before bed...We read about 1 and a half of the 3 books in this collection. My Father's Dragon was a fun book with lots of little adventures with animals. They got bored with the second story, so we stopped reading...
LibraryThing member cacv78
Gannet, Ruth Stiles (1998) Three Tales of My Father's Dragon. Illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannet. New York: Random House.
The books holds 3 tales originally published separately but put together for the anniversary of the original story written in 1948. These three stories follow Elmer Elevator and a baby flying dragon named Boris. The fantasy elements of this story include the flying dragon and how Boris goes off to try to rescue him from an island. The author makes this story believable by first beginning with normal, believable idea of Elmer's father finding a cat. He goes on to run away to an island where he see's a dragon. This plot is very original and it is consistent as Elmer goes on to interact with his father's dragon. The three stories are all intertwined and continue the fantasy element in the same way. The ending also provides a good sense of closure and it grounds the story back to reality.… (more)
LibraryThing member Breton07
'My Father's Dragon" is a charming collection of three stories by Ruth Stiles Gannett. It involves a young boy who befriends his father's dragon after rescuing him. Resourcefulness and kindness are two of the major themes.

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LibraryThing member jjmcgaffey
Cute little story(s) about a boy and a dragon, and the old alley cat who starts the whole thing. The dragon is as intelligent, and about as adult, as the 9-year-old boy - so are a great many other creatures, from lions to cows to canaries, that the two of them deal with. The stories' origin as bedtime stories seems clear to me - there's also mention of another story that's not told, about Flute the canary and how he was released. A very enjoyable children's book.… (more)
LibraryThing member the4otts
This is a wonderful story. Elmer gets himself into and out of the most incredible predicaments by using only his ingenuity and tools in his backpack - never harming anyone or anything. There is an audio book as well. We listened to the audio book so much that my children knew the map in the book by heart before ever seeing the book!… (more)
LibraryThing member TnTexas
Writing styles for children's books have change over time; and many books don't age well. This one (actually these since it's a series of three books and not just one) is not one of them. While the stories were written around the mid-40s, they're whimsical enough and aimed at a young enough crowd to not feel too out of place in today's world. Overall they were fun reads for my family. My kids enjoyed hearing the stories, and I enjoyed the glimpse back into a simpler world.… (more)




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