My Father's dragon (1948) seems to appear on so many beginning reading lists I was very pleased to discover we have an almost new copy in our school library. Today I had a spare twenty minutes so I picked up this book and read it from beginning to end.
This is absolutely my kind of book! It truly is a timeless classic and yes it would make a fabulous read-a-loud for a young class.
I loved this book because it is so very tidy. Our hero sets off to free an enslaved dragon. Under the guidance of a cat he has befriended he packs :
- chewing gum
- two dozen pink lollipops
- a pack of rubber bands
- a tooth brush and toothpaste
- six magnifying glasses
- a comb and hairbrush
- seven hair ribbons
As his adventure unfolds each of these 'supplies' is used in different and quite inventive ways to save him from a number of life threatening situations involving tigers, a rhinoceros, a lion, an itchy gorilla and some very fickle crocodiles.
I recommend you read this book with a supply of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a huge pile of tangerines.
Here is a set of teaching notes.