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My Father's Dragon

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Published: 1948
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,647 / 21 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 2,861
Added to site: 2008.10.12 22342
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A young boy named Elmer Elevator runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon. (An illustrated HTML version is available from Project Gutenberg.)

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The river was very wide and muddy, and the jungle was very gloomy and dense. The trees grew close to each other, and what room there was between them was taken up by great high ferns with sticky leaves. My father hated to leave the beach, but he decided to start along the river bank where at least the jungle wasn't quite so thick. He ate three tangerines, making sure to keep all the peels this time, and put on his rubber boots.

My father tried to follow the river bank but it was very swampy, and as he went farther the swamp became deeper. When it was almost as deep as his boot tops he got stuck in the oozy, mucky mud. My father tugged and tugged, and nearly pulled his boots right off, but at last he managed to wade to a drier place. Here the jungle was so thick that he could hardly see where the river was. He unpacked his compass and figured out the direction he should walk in order to stay near the river. But he didn't know that the river made a very sh

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.8 from 4 reviews: ****

I adore this book. I've had it since I was a little kid, and I still reread it from time to time, and my family and I frequently quote it to each other.

Don't read it without the illustrations, though.

Leah A. Zeldes

Aimless fairy tale about a boy who goes off to rescue a dragon held captive on a wild island. It surprises me it was a Newbery winner.


This book was recommended by my son's grandma. I read it to him and the sequels. It has become one my favorites and his, as well. Terrific book!

OH My!! I read this book and its successors when I was a kid. So did my dad. Ruth Stiles Garnett is one of the best children's book writers EVER!!



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