Book: My Father’s Dragon // Ruth Stile Gannett, published 1948
Memories: I remembered little of the story of My Father’s Dragon but I remember the pictures and overall sentiment. Elmer Elevator is, first of all, an adorable name, and I do remember loving the idea of a little boy Elmer. I loved the illustrations, especially the cover with all the colorful bows on the lion, and it was a fun, imaginative story.
Thoughts as an adult: I still love the illustrations; they are whimsical yet simple. I also loved the inventiveness Elmer embodies as he traverses Wild Island, using all those silly little things he packed in his back pack. Reading about Elmer eating tangerines, going on this quest to save the baby dragon, tricking the animals without causing harm, these were all quirky touches that gave the story a fun, light feeling.
Does it hold up? Not really. It was whimsical, it was quirky, but it was definitely directed at a young audience with little there for older readers. I think I enjoyed it because I had fond memories of it, but I don’t know if I would have found joy in it if this was my first time reading it.
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