Tuesday, March 08, 2011

My Father's Dragon by R. S. Gannett

From my Literary Journal in my Children's Literature class:
Gannett, R. S. (1948). My father's dragon. New York, NY. Random House. 87 pp.(Grade Level:

            My Father's Dragon is the story of the narrator's father's adventure to rescue an imprisoned baby dragon. He has the aid of a cat who, at the beginning of the story, helps him decide what to bring to this island where the lazy wild animals are detaining the dragon. The boy is able to sidetrack each wild animal he comes across in just the right way, and just long enough to get to the dragon.
            The pictures are black and white, making them rather boring. But the story itself is lively, unrealistic, and entertaining. This book's unusual characteristics include how the boy gets from place to place on the island, and how precise some of the random facts are. Kids will love the crazy ways the boy is able to distract each of the wild animals. Also, there is a map in the beginning of the book that kids will love to pour over. It not only has the different land masses and names, but labels for random places on the map, and some parts are labeled with different things the boy did in those places. 

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