Three Tales of My Father's Dragon

Three Tales of My Father's Dragon

Ruth Stiles Gannett

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0679889116

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The classic fantasy trilogy of Elmer Elevator and the flying baby dragon has delighted children and their parents for generations. Now, on the occasion of their fiftieth anniversary, Random House is proud to bring the three timeless tales together in one beautiful commemorative edition, complete with the original delightful illustrations.  A Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, My Father's Dragon is followed by Elmer and the Dragon ("rich, humorous, and thoroughly satisfying"*) and The Dragons of Blueland ("ingenious and plausible, the fantasy well-sustained"*).  Each story stands alone, but read in succession, they are an unforgettable experience.*Library Journal, starred review

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Elmer put away his compass and looked down at the thrashing spray. He could hear the dragon breathing hard, and he watched his wings beating slower and slower. He wondered how long the tired dragon could fly through the crashing storm. “I can’t go on,” puffed the dragon, and he sank through the rain nearer to the cold wild water. Elmer shut his eyes and held on as hard as he could, trying not to cry or think about home. “I’m sorry,” huffed the dragon, “that I couldn’t keep my promise.” “Oh,

birds often stop by here and King Can, being lonesome, told them to ask escaped canaries to live on his island. But even after many canaries had come, he was never well or happy. And when the other birds asked ‘Why not?’ King Can would answer, ‘I’m dying of curiosity.’ Pretty soon, the other canaries grew curious to know why he was so curious, but he told the reason only to his eldest son. And so they all grew sick with curiosity. Finally, when King Can I was a very old canary, he did die of

untie them all. “Anyway, when you were talking about airplanes, you gave me a good idea. Now, I’m quite sure that if you were able to rescue the dragon, which wouldn’t be the least bit easy, he’d let you ride him most anywhere, provided you were nice to him, of course. How about trying it?” “Oh, I’d love to,” said my father, and he was so angry at his mother for being rude to the cat that he didn’t feel the least bit sad about running away from home for a while. That very afternoon my father

Dragon Chapter One MY FATHER MEETS THE CAT One cold rainy day when my father was a little boy, he met an old alley cat on his street. The cat was very drippy and uncomfortable so my father said, “Wouldn’t you like to come home with me?” This surprised the cat—she had never before met anyone who cared about old alley cats—but she said, “I’d be very much obliged if I could sit by a warm furnace, and perhaps have a saucer of milk.” “We have a very nice furnace to sit by,” said my father,

“Everywhere,” said Elmer. “The trouble is that I ran away ten days ago to rescue you, and I guess I ought to be getting home.” “Well, at least I can fly you there.” “That would be swell,” said Elmer, peering over the dragon’s side. “Let’s rest tonight down there on Tangerina Island, and start the trip tomorrow.” “Fine,” said the dragon, swooping down and landing beneath a tree on the beach of Tangerina. Elmer slid down and took off his knapsack. “You’re beautiful!” he said, admiring the

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