AN ALA NOTABLE BOOK 
A COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS TEXT EXEMPLAR IN APPENDIX B 

“A real delight.” — The New Yorker 

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and underappreciated baby flying dragon, he stows away on a ship and travels to Wild Island to rescue the dragon.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Stories) in Appendix B

In this adventure that has delighted children for years, Elmer Elevator sets out to free a baby dragon who has been captured by the animals of Wild Island.

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A story about a boy who befriends a cat and then sets off on an adventure to rescue a dragon.
Illustrations from the original book can be seen at the e-text link.

 
 
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  

“Wild Island is practically cut in two by a very wide and muddy river,” continued the cat. “This river begins near one end of the island and flows into the ocean at the other. Now the animals there are very lazy, and they used to hate having to go all the way around the beginning of this river to get to the other side of the island. It made visiting inconvenient and mail deliveries slow, particularly during the Christmas rush.

Crocodiles could have carried passengers and mail across the river, but crocodiles are very moody, and not the least bit dependable, and are always looking for something to eat. They don’t care if the animals have to walk around the river, so that’s just what the animals did for many years.”

AN ALA NOTABLE BOOK 
A COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS TEXT EXEMPLAR IN APPENDIX B 

“A real delight.” — The New Yorker 

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and underappreciated baby flying dragon, he stows away on a ship and travels to Wild Island to rescue the dragon.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Stories) in Appendix B

In this adventure that has delighted children for years, Elmer Elevator sets out to free a baby dragon who has been captured by the animals of Wild Island.

Oops. A firewall is blocking access to Prezi content. Check out this article to learn more or contact your system administrator.

A story about a boy who befriends a cat and then sets off on an adventure to rescue a dragon.
Illustrations from the original book can be seen at the e-text link.

 
 
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  

“Wild Island is practically cut in two by a very wide and muddy river,” continued the cat. “This river begins near one end of the island and flows into the ocean at the other. Now the animals there are very lazy, and they used to hate having to go all the way around the beginning of this river to get to the other side of the island. It made visiting inconvenient and mail deliveries slow, particularly during the Christmas rush.

Crocodiles could have carried passengers and mail across the river, but crocodiles are very moody, and not the least bit dependable, and are always looking for something to eat. They don’t care if the animals have to walk around the river, so that’s just what the animals did for many years.”

When I was in college, my elementary reading professor gave each of us a copy of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett  (Amazon Affiliate link).  I can’t remember if I read it when I got it or not, but it was the first chapter book that I read out loud to Aidan at the age of 4.  This book is such a treasure for young children.  At just 10 short chapters long, it’s a great choice as a first chapter book to read out loud for ages 3-7 or as a book for 1st-3rd graders to read independently.

Note:  Elmer Elevator is angry with his mother for not letting him bring the stray cat home and feed him, and the book says that he doesn’t feel bad about running away for a while to go to Wild Island.  I’m not a fan of how this is presented in the story, but I feel that it is a very minor part and that the rest of the story has enough redeeming value to make it worthwhile.  Just be aware that this issue is mentioned in the first two chapters.

I just finished up a unit on My Father’s Dragon with Gresham (age 6 – would be in kindergarten if in public school, but we are doing first grade) and Owen (3.5).  This book lends itself well to educational activities as well as imaginative play!

AN ALA NOTABLE BOOK 
A COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS TEXT EXEMPLAR IN APPENDIX B 

“A real delight.” — The New Yorker 

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and underappreciated baby flying dragon, he stows away on a ship and travels to Wild Island to rescue the dragon.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Stories) in Appendix B

In this adventure that has delighted children for years, Elmer Elevator sets out to free a baby dragon who has been captured by the animals of Wild Island.

Oops. A firewall is blocking access to Prezi content. Check out this article to learn more or contact your system administrator.

AN ALA NOTABLE BOOK 
A COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS TEXT EXEMPLAR IN APPENDIX B 

“A real delight.” — The New Yorker 

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and underappreciated baby flying dragon, he stows away on a ship and travels to Wild Island to rescue the dragon.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Stories) in Appendix B

In this adventure that has delighted children for years, Elmer Elevator sets out to free a baby dragon who has been captured by the animals of Wild Island.

AN ALA NOTABLE BOOK 
A COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS TEXT EXEMPLAR IN APPENDIX B 

“A real delight.” — The New Yorker 

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and underappreciated baby flying dragon, he stows away on a ship and travels to Wild Island to rescue the dragon.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Stories) in Appendix B

In this adventure that has delighted children for years, Elmer Elevator sets out to free a baby dragon who has been captured by the animals of Wild Island.

Oops. A firewall is blocking access to Prezi content. Check out this article to learn more or contact your system administrator.

A story about a boy who befriends a cat and then sets off on an adventure to rescue a dragon.
Illustrations from the original book can be seen at the e-text link.

My Father s Dragon: Ruth Stiles Gannett, Ruth Chrisman.


My Father’s Dragon (1948) - University of Pennsylvania

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