My Father’s Dragon

My Fathers DragonMy Father’s Dragon (©1948) by Ruth Stiles Gannett is a classic chapter book that has stood the test of time.

A young boy named Elmer Elevator befriends a talking alley cat who tells him stories of a place called Wild Island. The residents of the island have enslaved a baby dragon, and Elmer decides to go and rescue him. When Elmer comes face-to-face with some of the frightening animals that inhabit Wild Island, he must outwit them using the everyday objects in his knapsack. The unnamed narrator refers to Elmer as “my father” suggesting that this is a true story that happened long ago.

This book is imaginative, clever, and downright hilarious. Elmer is a smart protagonist who keeps his cool under pressure. Short chapters will hold readers’ attention, and black and white illustrations by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (the author’s stepmother) accent critical moments in the story.

For independent reading this book is suitable for children as young as 7 years old. As a read-aloud I recommend it for ages 4+. The whole family will love this wild adventure story!

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