Monday, October 19, 2009

Great Monday Give: 3 Tales of My Father's Dragon

Hello Monday morning. It was a gorgeous weekend here in San Antonio, so I hope yours was likewise. A few orders of business. First Up, the Great Monday Give. Just a reminder for all of you out there who don't know, on Mondays I give away books I've bought for song at thrift/junk/used book shops. It's my way of sharing the wealth with you guys. If you haven't been to a Goodwill lately, all these wonderful books and more are waiting for you. Get out there and upcycle people. Your children will thank you and the earth will thank you.

For your reading pleasure this morning, I am offering up this set of three pretty much brand spanking new paperbacks... three books that make up one of my son's favorite series, Three Tales of My Father's Dragon: My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. Now you all know when it comes to longer readers, Dahl is king around here, but Ruth Stiles Gannett's 1940s/50s trio of titles about a boy and his dragon would win in a read off at this house, no question about it. Her books are pure heaven, so even if you don't win these lovelies, make sure you get out there and find some copies for yourself.

To be entered to win, all you have to do is comment on this post between now and Sunday, October 25 at midnight. A winner will be selected via the highly-technical blind-scroll-and-point method and announced the following day.

Next up, we have the winner from the special-weekend edition-Where the Wild Things Are give. Ali wins the gently-lovely hard copy of Where the Wild Things Are! Congrats sister and e-mail me your info asap to webe(at)soon(dot)com.

Finally, the give from two weeks ago... The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me... goes to Staci... Again, e-mail me your info asap to webe(at)soon(dot)com and I'll get it off to you as soon as humanly possible.

That's all for now!

35 comments:

amocantare said...

These three were some of my favorites...I love the father using his chewing gum on the tigers!

Naomi said...

I don't know if I've read those... they look familiar but I know my kids don't have them. We'd love to check them out!

Celeste said...

These look really fab.

Chrissy Johnson said...

When I worked at a kids' library these were checked out frequently.

Dave said...

I read these to both my kids. The first two were great. My kids and I both loved them.

jess said...

Oh man. I remember reading these as a kid in my local public library. I love how the kid packs fig newtons for his trip. Some great books!

Mommy said...

The Paper Bag Princess is the only dragon story we've read so it would be great to discover these.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Placing a hold at the library right now so we can check the series out.

Rebecca Helterbrand said...

Thanks for the Goodwill mention! We appreciate it!

Rebecca Helterbrand
VP of Marketing
Goodwill Industries
rhelterbrand@goodwillsa.org

wmmahaney said...

I absolutely love these books. We would love to have our own copies for our home library. Thanks for all the wonderful book ideas to check out with my kids.

betsy said...

Looking forward to reading these books with my sons.

arm said...

Wow this is awesome. I just read the first one with my 5 year old and he loved it! Can't wait to read the others. Makes me want a tangerine just thinking about it.
Thanks.

FairiesNest said...

These books are a great way to get young boys reading , my three sons all started out on these as their first "chapter books".

Ellie said...

We read the first one and loved it! Haven't been able to get to the others yet...

Rosanne E. said...

I loved reading these books when I was kid. I found out a few months ago that they're my boyfriend's favorite children's books.

Genevieve P said...

I love these books! Such great stories.

Sharn said...

I loved these books in elementary school! My teacher used to read aloud from it when we came in from recess, with our heads on our desks, to help us calm down and get ready for learning again. Good pick!

Diane said...

Thanks so much for recommending Roald Dahl's partial autobiography, Boy. I absolutely loved the audio version!

Kimberly said...

After reading your post about your son loving these books, I got them from the library to read with my kids. We're just starting to transition to chapter books with my oldest child. We loved all three books and would be delighted to add them to our home book collection.

Matt KK said...

I had completely forgotten these until you mentioned them, but My Father's Dragon is the book that taught me and my best friend to read. Our moms started reading them to us, and we got so into them that we just finished them on our own even thought we were struggling to sound out many of the words.

K said...

You have given these such a lovely introduction I must find them for my son. That is if I'm not the lucky winner of your giveaway. I do love to frequent second hand store for books. I'll add this one to my long list of books I hope to find.

caryn the designer said...

I don't think I have ever read these. They look lovely!

Andi said...

Thank you for letting me know about these books.

ans said...

These books look wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity!

Anne said...

These look great -- please pick me! :D

Joy Walsh said...

These look awesome. Planning on looking for them at the library this weekend. Hope we win your contest! Joy walsh

Joy Walsh said...

These look great. I'm going to go to mt library this weekend and see if I can find them! Hope we win the contest:)
Joy Walsh

Linda P. said...

Ohhh, I've been looking for these. Never read them when I was little, but look forward to reading them to my little guy.

Megan G said...

Haven't heard of these, but would love them I'm sure!

Rachel Sue said...

I grew with My Father's Dragon. I would love to share them with my own kids!

Susana said...

These look great. I'll be sure to look for them (unless I win). Thanks!

MoziEsmé said...

My daughter loves dragon books! These look great...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Honey Mommy said...

My boys think dragons are great! I haven't read these books before, but they look fun!

jason6311 said...

I read the 3rd one when I was perhaps 6-7 years old and the story, illustrations, and maps left lasting memories, though I could not recall the title. I was just searching for the book in order to purchase it for my 5 year old, and your website helped me do so. Thanks so much.

Rachel BAll said...

I've just started building my son's collection of timeless books - these would be a great addition!

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