My girls and I finished our second chapter book of the month on Monday during our post-lunch read-aloud time. I wanted to share briefly about this book here at Hope Is the Word because this is a great chapter book for preschoolers. Elmer and the Dragon is the sequel to My Father’s Dragon (read my review here). Written by Ruth Stiles Gannett and illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (a stepdaughter and -mother team), Elmer and the Dragon picks up where My Father’s Dragon leaves off. Elmer Elevator and the baby dragon whom he rescued from Wild Island are making their way back to Elmer’s home when they are forced to detour to Feather Island. On Feather Island, they encounter the canary who first told Elmer about the dragon and Wild Island, and while they are there they help cure the King of the Canaries (King Can XI) who is “dying of curiosity.” This delightful book is full of gentle adventure that is perfect for preschoolers. My girls really got into this story, and Louise even named one of her stuffed animals “Sam XI” after King Can XI. What makes this story an especially good chapter book read-aloud is its brevity and the black-and-white illustrations. I was excited when I found this title at a children’s toy consignment sale. Now I just need to happen upon the third of the trilogy, The Dragons of Blueland.
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