The Book of Dragons

The Book of DragonsDiscover The Classics With Looking Glass Library, A Series That Offers The World S Finest Literature, With Introductions By Some Of The Foremost Writers Of TodayIn 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 Edition, This Middle Grade Fantasy Classic Will Enchant All Ages From The Hardcover Edition If I told you that E Nesbit dedicated this book to one of her husband s many illegitimate children, would you beinclined to read it Of course you would.You d probably also love to know that E Nesbit Edith was so enad with her main man, one Mr Bland, that she put on her man pants and made a career out of her writing at a time when women could barely eke out a living doing anything , and took one for the team.Her husband was apparently in ill health, and couldn t work, yet every If I told you that E Nesbit dedicated this book to one of her husband s many illegitimate children, would you beinclined to read it Of course you would.You d probably also love to know that E Nesbit Edith was so enad with her main man, one Mr Bland, that she put on her man pants and made a career out of her writing at a time when women could barely eke out a living doing anything , and took one for the team.Her husband was apparently in ill health, and couldn t work, yet every time a widow in the village hollered out that she needed someone to come trim the wick on her candles, Mr Bland could never mind his own beeswax He never understood the concept of trimming the candles, but he certainly mastered dipping the wick and nine months after every helpful visit, he would arrive back at the Nesbit Bland cottage with another bundle of illegitimate joy.Boy, is there a story there.So, off would go Ms Nesbit, off to bring home the bacon, and fry it up in a pan, cause boy oh boy, she could never forget he was a man.And, even though Ms Nesbit wanted to write for adults, she kept being steered toward writing for children, but I think she found her compromise by writing in a way that satisfied both parties The writing in this particular collection is definitely for the 10 crowd, and, let me tell you, it was the mother of this household who was doing all of the laughing Because, presumably, this is a collection of nine stories about dragons, with almost all dragon s sketched heads resembling giant phalluses, by the way , but peppered throughout are clues from Ms Nesbit that she loved writing, but she could give a damn about the dragon details Reminds me a bit of Ray Bradbury he offers the colors, the images, the amazing words, but he asks you, kindly, to surrender your disbelief when it comes to the tedious details.My favorite example of this is from story 5 of this collection, The Island of the Nine Whirlpools, where Ms Nesbit tells us that the princess lived under a curse forscores of years than you would like to add up on your slate, but as to what the princess did or what the princess ate on a remote deserted island, she can only offer I have no doubt that you will wish to know what the princess lived on during the long years when the dragon did the cooking My dear, she lived on her income and that is a thing that a great many people would like to be able to do.Ba dum bum This is a sweet collection, but consider meinterested in Ms Nesbit than dragons, and my next biography will surely be hers, because, lady, I am smitten with your sumptuous story However, given that she was a contemporary of George MacDonald s, a Scottish writer who had a career similar to hers, though his wasspiritual in nature , I can not help but give a greater nod here to Mr MacDonald s superior writing, and his greater success in writing to children and adult audiences, at the same time.If you have never read George MacDonald s The Light Princess, may I recommend it with every cell of my being It is 43 pages of some of the most stunning prose ever written and it brings me, almost literally, to my knees in awe Adults need fairy tales, too, and it may be the best one ever written Delightful and entertaining The Book of Dragons by E Nesbit is a book full of fun and entertaining short stories surrounding the world s mysterious dragons Being a dragon lover myself, I enjoyed all the unique and delightful stories, finding myself lost in a magical world, far away from the tension filled murder and crime novels and the psychological thrillers I take in on a daily bases It was a nice break Dragon lovers of all ages will be lost in the magic found in this book Delightful and entertaining The Book of Dragons by E Nesbit is a book full of fun and entertaining short stories surrounding the world s mysterious dragons Being a dragon lover myself, I enjoyed all the unique and delightful stories, finding myself lost in a magical world, far away from the tension filled murder and crime novels and the psychological thrillers I take in on a daily bases It was a nice break Dragon lovers of all ages will be lost in the magic found in this book This book, published in 1901, is described as a fantasy classic for children of middle school age, as well as something that will enchant people of all ages It has eight stories featuring youngsters and dragons who come to cross purposes and clash And how it ends depends on courage, luck, and much help from the author I chose this book because I wanted to read something light after a string of heavier books, and because I like imaginative stories with dragons in them But I failed to see the This book, published in 1901, is described as a fantasy classic for children of middle school age, as well as something that will enchant people of all ages It has eight stories featuring youngsters and dragons who come to cross purposes and clash And how it ends depends on courage, luck, and much help from the author I chose this book because I wanted to read something light after a string of heavier books, and because I like imaginative stories with dragons in them But I failed to see the charm in these stories And it had nothing to do with this being a children s book and me being an adult I enjoy reading children s books that are well written and have memorable characters These stories did not fit that description They were juvenile and nonsensical, with undeveloped characters in stories that changed direction on a whim, leaving big plot holes in their wake The girls, for the most part, were written as pretty and sweet, but silly or helpless, and either less than intelligent or treated as if they were The dragons were mostly rampaging creatures wanting to feed on whatever got in their way with the children bent on stopping them to win the day And if the children were lucky, they lived happily ever after, after much killing was done, while learning a lesson or two along the way The biggest problem was, I couldn t find anything magical about most of these stories which I feel might have been written as intentionally silly But whatever it was that was supposed to be amusing about them was lost on me Plus, I have my doubts about middle school children finding these stories satisfying or memorable And there was a lot of violence treated casually in this book, as there often is in fairy tales Did I enjoy anything about this book I enjoyed the concepts behind some of the stories, such as in the first tale called The Book of Beasts where a young boy finds a magical and potentially dangerous book that was better left closed But the resolution to the story undid everything good that led up to it, as was the case with so many of these stories Another story that was very close to a classic fairy tale was The Island of the Nine Whirlpools It was my favorite in the bunch It was about a queen who,than anything, wanted a baby So she made a deal with a witch to have one, despite the witch s warning that sorrow would accompany the joy, which indeed it did in a way she never could have imagined I wish I could recommend this book, but I can t Classic children s books are wonderful Winnie the Pooh books are a great example I ll remember those tales always, unlike those in this book Another Literary Birthday Challenge title, The Book of Dragons is a delightful collection of eight short stories by E Nesbit I know many people have read and loved her work for years, but this is only the second title of hers I have ever seen I still find it hard to believe I never discovered her in my youth, but I can always make up for lost time To paraphrase what used to be written in the unexplored areas of ancient maps, Here There Be Dragons a red dragon who escapes from a book, a pur Another Literary Birthday Challenge title, The Book of Dragons is a delightful collection of eight short stories by E Nesbit I know many people have read and loved her work for years, but this is only the second title of hers I have ever seen I still find it hard to believe I never discovered her in my youth, but I can always make up for lost time To paraphrase what used to be written in the unexplored areas of ancient maps, Here There Be Dragons a red dragon who escapes from a book, a purple dragon who changes life forever in Rotundia, a plague of green dragons with yellow wings, a dragon made of ice, an old white dragon with a beard, a rust red ard dragon with a furry secret, a shining fiery dragon, and a huge yellow dragon A couple of these were described aslookinglike worms or centipedes, but they were all called dragons so we shall cut Ms Nesbit a little slack and accept that they really were all dragons Competing against the various dragons were such clever children as Edmund he is a boy who likes to find things out, which is not the same as learning things , Lionel who really should never have opened that lovely book he found , andthan one Princess Mary Ann who loved her little pet rhinos, but most especially loved her tiny elephant , and Sabrinetta who had a heart of gold I completely enjoyed these stories Nesbit s wonderful imagination tickled methan once A Prince with a pack of hunting hippos The real reason for England s famous wet weather Which I refuse to reveal even as a spoiler, you ll just have to read it for yourself The true beginnings of all cats Ditto If you need to read something light that will make you laugh, cheer, maybe say Ick a time or two, then curl up with your pet elephant doesn t everyone have one and take a little safari off the edge of the map into Nesbit s dragon lands And don t be afraid of anything during your journey Remember the words of our hero NigelMy Princess, he said tenderly, two great powers are on our side the power of Love and the power of Arithmetic Those two are stronger than anything else in the world I first read this book as a little girl I think I received it as a birthday present for my 7th birthday, possibly my 8th It was love, pure and simple I read it and re read it, and puzzled over all the strange British details St George Bath buns Guy Fawkes night , and just ate it up like it was ice cream And then I went and grew up and became a normal ok, normal ish person, except that every once in a while, something a bowl of soggy cereal a fresh fall of snow as pretty and spar I first read this book as a little girl I think I received it as a birthday present for my 7th birthday, possibly my 8th It was love, pure and simple I read it and re read it, and puzzled over all the strange British details St George Bath buns Guy Fawkes night , and just ate it up like it was ice cream And then I went and grew up and became a normal ok, normal ish person, except that every once in a while, something a bowl of soggy cereal a fresh fall of snow as pretty and sparkling as a frosted cake the shadows cast by a streetlight on a garden at night would trigger a memory of that book, and I would be utterly transported back to those first vivid images it planted in my brain ages and ages ago.Not every book I loved as a kid still holds up to rereading as an adult Surprise surprise, right But this one does I first rediscovered it about 5 years ago, and it was like, I don t even know Like I d found that girl I was best friends with in kindergarden, but she moved to Georgia and I never got her address, and so I thought I d never see her again, but then I DID, and she was even cooler than I remembered, and we became best friends all over again It was like that I can t even write about this book without wanting to read it all over again I reread this every decade or so, and love it every time Yay, it s now on Project Gutenberg so I can reread it again any time, and pass on my paperback to another reader.Yes it s old fashioned, but free from the pretensions and stuffiness that one tends to associate with that word Yes, it s charming, almost twee but, like the tales of Beatrix Potter, for example The Tale of Ginger and Pickles, it s got plenty of mischief and satire Far and away my favorite Nesbit, and probably my favorite d I reread this every decade or so, and love it every time Yay, it s now on Project Gutenberg so I can reread it again any time, and pass on my paperback to another reader.Yes it s old fashioned, but free from the pretensions and stuffiness that one tends to associate with that word Yes, it s charming, almost twee but, like the tales of Beatrix Potter, for example The Tale of Ginger and Pickles, it s got plenty of mischief and satire Far and away my favorite Nesbit, and probably my favorite depictions of dragons The nine rubies were used afterwards in agriculture You had only to throw them out into a field if you wanted it plowed Then the whole surface land turned itself over in its anxiety to get rid of something so wicked, and in the morning the field was found to plowed as thoroughly as any young man at Oxford The Book of Dragons is a children s book of eight stories about, you guessed it, dragons The book was written over a century ago but holds up surprisingly well Edith Nesbitt is one of the most popular children s authors of all time She is a master storyteller and her books have a good deal of humor, wit and rarely take things too seriously CS Lewis is said to have read her books when he was a child I couldn t find anything about Tolkien reading Nesbitt when he was a child but the story of S The Book of Dragons is a children s book of eight stories about, you guessed it, dragons The book was written over a century ago but holds up surprisingly well Edith Nesbitt is one of the most popular children s authors of all time She is a master storyteller and her books have a good deal of humor, wit and rarely take things too seriously CS Lewis is said to have read her books when he was a child I couldn t find anything about Tolkien reading Nesbitt when he was a child but the story of Smaug under the mountain in The Hobbit is similar to several of Nesbitt s stories in this book, dragons living on their pile of gold under the mountain and then out of spite they go scorching towns.Back to the book There were four stories that my kids and I thought especially notable.1 Uncle James Evil Uncle James the magician runs Rotundia a world where big creatures are little and little creatures are big because the world spins the wrong way When the evil uncle wants to sacrifice his niece the princess to the dragon, the niece s lover fools the dragon and the uncle and fixes the world in the process 2 The Island of Nine Whirlpools princess is locked away on a remote island guarded by a dragon and nine whirlpools all arranged by her vindictive magician father She stays alive on the island for generations without aging and her legend attracts suitors, usually sailors, who fail until a very clever boy arrives 3 The Dragon Tamers this story has a very weird twist at the end but involves a dragon in a dungeon who wants to eat the townspeople but is repeatedly tricked into captivity 4 Kind Little Cockatrice this one is a moral tale where an inventive but disobedient Edmund finally learns to listen to his elders when he befriends a cockatrice and needs to defeat a marauding dragon.These last two stories reminded me of Tolkien dragons and CS Lewis very similar writing style although muchlight hearted Published 1899E Nesbit s The Book of Dragons is a wonderful collection of eight imaginative, delightful and interesting dragon stories.These fire breathing fascinating short tales are not to be missed And the Blue Bird and the Butterfly sing and flutter among the lilies and roses of the Palace garden to this very day. Published 1899E Nesbit s The Book of Dragons is a wonderful collection of eight imaginative, delightful and interesting dragon stories.These fire breathing fascinating short tales are not to be missed And the Blue Bird and the Butterfly sing and flutter among the lilies and roses of the Palace garden to this very day. I discovered this book on Kindle but unfortunately let it sit on my digital bookshelf for 18 months gathering bytedust if there is such a thing When I finally made the time to read it, I was very glad I did Granted, I had thought it was a non fiction book outlining all the various dragon myths of the world, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it was muchThe Book of Dragons is a fun series of kid friendly and humorous short stories about children and their misadventures wit I discovered this book on Kindle but unfortunately let it sit on my digital bookshelf for 18 months gathering bytedust if there is such a thing When I finally made the time to read it, I was very glad I did Granted, I had thought it was a non fiction book outlining all the various dragon myths of the world, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it was muchThe Book of Dragons is a fun series of kid friendly and humorous short stories about children and their misadventures with large, cumbersome, and problematic dragons The book has been around for some time over 100 years , but it contains a timeless quality that both engages the imagination and creates a sense of wonder The writing is wonderful, and the sentiments, refreshing.I wish I had read the Book of Dragons as a Child or had it read to me , and I plan to share it with parents of youngsters I know, as well as my own children should I have them some day I received an audio copy of this book through Audioboom All thoughts and opinions are my own I don t know what didn t work for me in this Some of the ideas were interesting, I just wasn t that thrilled by how things were handled This was intended for children, I believe, so some of the issues with story telling might just be that I prefer stories written for an older audience Each story deals with a dragon Usually the characters have to kill the dragon to escape or trick the dragon into b I received an audio copy of this book through Audioboom All thoughts and opinions are my own I don t know what didn t work for me in this Some of the ideas were interesting, I just wasn t that thrilled by how things were handled This was intended for children, I believe, so some of the issues with story telling might just be that I prefer stories written for an older audience Each story deals with a dragon Usually the characters have to kill the dragon to escape or trick the dragon into being locked away It has a lighthearted fairy tale feel in most of the stories Wven when bad things happen like getting turned to stone or having your hands burned off there is always a way to fix it The audio was well done, the stories just didn t work that well for me

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  • ebook
  • 208 pages
  • The Book of Dragons
  • E. Nesbit
  • English
  • 02 November 2017
  • 0375895345