Throwback Thursday

Thursday, July 2, 2009




I’m hosting my first weekly event!


Throwback Thursday – this is the time each week to recognize those older books… post about an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love, maybe one from your childhood, or use this to review an older book, how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take the icon and use it on your blog!


This week’s Throwback is: My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.


(From Amazon) My Father's Dragon--a favorite of young readers since the 1940s and a Newbery honor book--captures the nonsensical logic of childhood in an amusingly deadpan fashion. The story begins when Elmer Elevator (the narrator's father as a boy) runs away with an old alley cat to rescue a flying baby dragon being exploited on a faraway island. With the help of two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a fine-toothed comb, Elmer disarms the fiercest of beasts on Wild Island. The quirky, comical adventure ends with a heroic denouement: the freeing of the dragon. Abundant black-and-white lithographs by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (the author's stepmother) add an evocative, lighthearted mood to an already enchanting story. Author Ruth Stiles Gannett 's stand-alone sequel, Elmer and the Dragon, and her third volume, The Dragons of Blueland both received starred reviews in School Library Journal and are as fresh and original as her first.


I loooved this book when I read it/had it read to me at school in 2nd(?) grade. I since got the book with the entire trilogy on it from paperbackswap.com. Unfortunately, in my zeal to get the package open, I accidentally cut a slit in the front cover of an otherwise perfect book! But oh well.... this is one of the first books I have added to my children's book collection. I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, though!

3 comments:

bookjourney said...

I am currently working my way through Jane Eyre and it has taken a long time.....

Our book club read Wuthering Heights many years ago and I actually really enjoyed it. I like to be able to say that I have read the classics but this one.... well, I read on.... :)

Miel Abeille said...

I have had Dante's Divine Comedy on my TBR list since high school! One day, I'm sure I'll get to it.

jennala9 said...

bookjourney -- I have been wanting to read Jane Eyre for a while... we "read" it in high school but I know I didn't finish it then. =) I love Wuthering Heights!!

Miel -- I have those too, lol!

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