My Father's Dragon [SCM]

by Ruth Stiles Gannett Author

(From Amazon): My Father's Dragon is a children's novel by Ruth Stiles Gannett about a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon. Both a Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it is the first book of a trilogy whose other titles are Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. It was made into an anime film titled, Elmer's Adventures: My Father's Dragon. The narrative mode is unusual, in that the narrator refers to the protagonist only as "my father", giving the impression that this is a true story that happened long ago. The illustrations within the book are black and white done with a grease crayon on a grained paper, done by Ruth Chrisman Gannett. The story was cited as a runner-up for the Newbery Medal in 1949 and was an ALA Notable Book. It was also nominated for the Ambassador Book Award in 1948. In the story, we meet some tigers, a rhinoceros, a lion, and a gorilla all leading to the baby dragon. There is also a river, an island, and a bridge.

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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
1st - 5th
Random House Books for Young Readers


  • 1 My Father Meets the Cat
  • 2 My Father Runs Away
  • 3 My Father Finds the Island
  • 4 My Father Finds the River
  • 5 My Father Meets Some Tigers
  • 6 My Father Meets a Rhinoceros
  • 7 My Father Meets a Lion
  • 8 My Father Meets a Gorilla
  • 9 My Father Makes a Bridge
  • 10 My Father Finds the Dragon

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