The Book of Dragons

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Random House Children's Books, Jan 26, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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In eight highly imaginative tales, beloved children’s author E. Nesbit gives us an extraordinary view of how dragons can shape the fates of princes, queens, and ordinary children alike. With an introduction by Newbery Award winner Ruth Stiles Gannett and line illustrations by H. R. Millar from the original 1901 edition, this middle-grade fantasy classic will enchant all ages.


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User Review  - Dsanders - Goodreads

A lovely collection of dragon stories that even through were written in 1899 are very easy to read. Edith Nesbit had a great talent for forming pictures with words. Read full review

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User Review  - Carol Bosselman - Goodreads

Silly me, didn't realize it was a children's book first and foremost, but it was still enjoyable. Fast read, good for keeping littler ones engaged, as there is a lot of action and minimal description. Read full review

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Contents

The Book of Beasts
1
0 Uncle Iames or The Purple Stranger
24
The Deliverers of Their Country
49
Kind Little Edmund or The Caves
175
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English author Edith Nesbit's impressive body of work includes poems, plays, novels, and even ghost stories, however, she is best known for her beloved children's adventure stories, published under the name E. Nesbit. Among Nesbit's best-known works are The Story of the Treasure-Seekers, The Railway Children, The Wouldbegoods and Five Children and It. Nesbit's novels departed from the children's literary tradition of fantasy-worlds popularized by Lewis Carroll and Kenneth Grahame, and instead focused on the adventures to be had from real-life experiences. Nesbit's work inspired other writers like C. S. Lewis, P. L Travers, and J. K. Rowling, and many of her stories have been adapted for film and television. In addition to writing, Nesbit was an activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist group that provided the foundation for the modern British Labour Party. Nesbit died in 1924.

RUTH STILES GANNETT wrote My Father's Dragon just a few years after her graduation from Vassar College in 1944. It was an immediate success, becoming a Newbery Honor Book, and was soon followed by two sequels, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. All three dragon stories have been continuously in print in the more than 40 years since their publication. The author's other books include Katie and the Sad Noise and The Wonderful House-Boat- Train. She is married to the artist and calligrapher Peter Kahn. They have seven daughters and seven grandchildren.

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