My Father’s Dragon – Ruth Stiles Gannett

My Father’s Dragon is a classic bedtime story that is an all-time favorite among kids of all ages, especially those children who love cute bedtime stories with dragons! If that sounds like your child then download our My Father’s Dragon PDF book by clicking the button down below or read it online!

My Father’s Dragon was written by Ruth Stiles Gannett in 1948 and its gorgeous illustrations were done by her stepmother, Ruth Chrisman Gannet. The book has won many awards and was even adapted into a Japanese animé movie in 1997. In 2007 it was also voted as one of the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children”.

This wonderful bedtime story begins when young Elmer Elevator meets an alley cat who he decides to take home. His mom isn’t very happy and she won’t allow Elmer to adopt the cat.

Elmer and the alley cat stay friends and one day the cat tells Elmer about a faraway island where a dragon is being held captive and kept as a slave. Elmer vows to rescue the poor dragon and he travels to the island to try to help him. The story follows Elmer on his exciting journey – a truly wonderful dragon bedtime story!

My Father's Dragon PDF Book

Title: My Father’s Dragon

Author: Ruth Stiles Gannett

Published: 1948

Pages: 52

Format: A4 PDF

Release Date: 18 September 2009

Copyright Status: Public Domain In The USA

My Father’s Dragon PDF

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Is The My Father’s Dragon PDF Free To Download?

Yes, it is! It was published by Ruth Stiles Gannet in 1948 so it is now in the public domain.

This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1927 and 1963, and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed.

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My Father’s Dragon Q&A

What Reading Level Is My Father’s Dragon?

This wonderful dragon bedtime story is perfect for children from about the age of 3 and it can be read independently by children from about grade 2 or 3.

How Many Chapters Are There In My Father’s Dragon?

There are only 10 short chapters in the book:

  • My Father Meets The Cat
  • My Father Runs Away
  • My Father Finds The Island
  • My Father Finds The River
  • My Father Meets Some Tigers
  • My Father Meets A Rhinoceros
  • My Father Meets A Lion
  • My Father Meets A Gorilla
  • My Father Makes A Bridge
  • My Father Finds The Dragon
My Father's Dragon - Sketch of the tiger

Who Is Telling The Story?

The story is told by a narrator who calls Elmer Elevator his father. Elmer Elevator is the main character in the bedtime story so we can assume that the story is being told by either Elmer’s son or daughter.

What Type Of Book Is My Father’s Dragon?

It is a children’s non-fiction fairytale-type book that would fall into the fantasy fiction genre. It is especially loved by children who love bedtime stories with dragons!

How Long Is The Story?

It will usually take the average reader about 1.5 hours to read the book.

How Old Is Elmer?

Elmer Elevator is 9 years old when he meets the old alley cat.

What Is The Name Of The Dragon?

The dragon’s name is Boris The Dragon.

Is My Father’s Dragon A Series?

Yes! There are two more books series: Elmer And The Dragon and The Dragons Of Blueland.


My Father’s Dragon is a classic children’s story that is especially loved by kids who love adventure bedtime stories with dragons! You can download a copy of the My Father’s Dragon PDF here to share with your kids.

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