My Father’s Dragon
by Ruth Stiles Gannett (1948)
By special request Read to Them has finally added the old chestnut, My Father’s Dragon, to its stable of easy introductory reading titles for One School, One Book.
My Father’s Dragon is the first short volume of a beloved trilogy of stories, written by Ruth Stiles Gannett way back in the 1940s. It is a disarming story of a child who goes to a mysterious island – Wild Island – to rescue a baby dragon. He brings along with him a sack full of obscure possessions – from lollipops to magnifying glasses. As it happens, he meets an array of animals on Wild Island – from lions to boars to gorillas – some of them charming, some of them scary – and his sack full of possessions comes in mighty handy. Once children catch on, they are thrilled – and empowered – trying to figure out each item in the sack will come in handy. (“What are the toothbrushes for?”)
My Father’s Dragon has charmed and beguiled families over half a century now and remains in print because it’s still doing so. Families that discover My Father’s Dragon – or have it passed on or recommended – have come to treasure a book and a story and characters that end up feeling like lost friends.
You can share the mysterious and beguiling story of My Father’s Dragon with all of your families as the book (and the trilogy) is now a One School, One Book selection – and is accompanied by a complete set of support materials. Watch and see how many of your students and families turn this simple tale into a source of cherished nostalgia.