PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON by Peter Yarrow

PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A lovely—and indeed magical—shift and the beloved anthem becomes quite a satisfying read-aloud for children (and adults). Co-author Lipton says he had no idea that there was a Hanalei Bay with a lava cave just the right size for a dragon, but that’s where Puff lives in Honalee. And though Jackie Paper grows up too much to stay with Puff, in the final images he brings his daughter to frolic with the dragon. Puybaret’s acrylic-on-linen paintings have smooth edges, elongated shapes and rich matte colors as well as Bosch-ian touches: On Honalee there are peopleflies instead of dragonflies; the dolphins sport mortarboards and gondolier T-shirts; the deeply non-ferocious pirate captain has a hook and an eye patch all the same. A CD with four songs, two of them versions of “Puff,” makes a very nice package indeed, especially since Yarrow sings with his daughter. (Picture book and CD. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4027-4782-3
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Sterling
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2007




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