The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon

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From the author of The Wind in the Willows comes this story of a boy who befriends a lazy, but quite pleasant, dragon that takes up residence nearby. When the townspeople call in St. George, the eminent dragon-slayer, to do battle, it is up to the boy to sort things out and stick up for his newfound friend. It is a hilarious story that will have you cheering for the dragon and his pal. "The Reluctant Dragon" was made into a Walt Disney film in 1941; it has also seen life as a children's operetta. Listen carefully to the language of the literature-loving dragon; he seems rather more intelligent than the townspeople intent on skewering him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981903224
Publisher: PlainTales, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Series: PlainTales Classics
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 7 Years

About the Author

Kenneth Grahame was the author of The Wind in the Willows, a book that has never been out of print since its publication in 1908. Before that came the short story "The Reluctant Dragon." Set in the Berkshire Downs in Oxfordshire, England, where Grahame lived, "The Reluctant Dragon" tells the story of a boy who befriends a lazy, but quite pleasant, dragon. Stephen McLaughlin has studied philosophy and English and performed in and directed plays and audiobooks. Stephen was born in Washington, D.C., rode his 1960 Triumph Thunderbird for a while in England, and now lives in Maine, where he divides his time between Portland and Brooklin.

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The Reluctant Dragon 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
pocketmermaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adorable, simple little story of the friendship between a brave boy and a dragon who doesn't want to fight. It's all about peace, man. And friendship. And not making snap judgments.(I read this because it is the source material for the retelling "Kenny and the Dragon" by Tony DiTerlizzi, which expands on this delightful tale quite wonderfully.)
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A new dragon has moved in and befriended a local boy who knows a lot about literature. Though he¿s harmless and a philosopher rather than a fighter, the locals call in a knight. Suddenly there are people wanting a fight, and the dragon has to stage one to get the peace and acceptance he so desires.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review Outline Book title and author: The Reluctant Dragon Kenneth Grahame Title of review: the dragon Number of stars (1 to 5):3 Introduction The book is about a dragon that is very lazy and a farmer finds him and the farmer tells his family theirs a dragon in a cave so the boy meets the dragon and becomes friends with him. Description and summary of main points The author likes to usse excitement in this book to show how the dragon and the boy are friends. I a, judgeing the book on how much excitement and entertainment it brings to me and maybe to every one that reads it. One of the main points is when the boy meets the dragon and the dragon is scared and tells the boy “Now don’t you hit me,or bung stones,or squirt water.” Evaluation I thought the book was pretty good because it showed that some people can do things that other people cant do and if you read books you will beable to get through tough situations like the boys father.the boy would read fictions books and he learned about dragons so it helped him talk to the dragon and that is my opinoin on the book why I think its good. Conclusion The conflict ended by the dragon becoming friends with the knight but the people wanted him to die he pretended to fight the knight and acted like the knight killed him and then left in the middle of the night. Your final review I would suggest that other people read the book because it is very interresting.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Reluctant Dragon' by Kenneth Grahame is a great short story. It is about a boy who stumbles upon a dragon. He soon tells the town folk about his discovery. After, the town begins using the dragon as a scapegoat for all of the problems. A man named St. George is hired to slay the dragon. The boy has a conversation with the dragon and discovers he is a kind hearted dragon. In the story there are several characters, the boy, the father, the dragon, the mother, and St. George. This story reminded me of 'Beauty and the Beast' in that the dragon and the beast are both noble characters but are mistook to be horrible. The problem with the book that I had was that it was probaly intended for a younger audience. It is good for children in that it teaches strong morals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it teaches me a lesson of compassion and justice. The young boy defended the dragon because he did not misjudge it by its looks. The people from the village were dishonest for making false accusations about the dragon; but the young boy never let them confuse him from his own feelings about the dragon. A very good story to read and good lesson to learn.