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The Book of Dragons

E. Nesbit

Book Overview: 

A dragon who flies out of a magical book; one whose purr quiets a fussy baby; another who eats an entire pack of tame hunting-hippopotomuses: These eight dragon tales are filled with the imaginative wit of children’s author Edith Nesbit.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Tom ran and shook the bun tree, and soon came back with an armful of fresh currant buns, and as he came he picked a few of the Bath kind, which grow on the low bushes near the pillar.

Because, of course, another consequence of the island's having spun the wrong way is that all the things we have to make—buns and cakes and shortbread—grow on trees and bushes, but in Rotundia they have to make their cauliflowers and cabbages and carrots and apples and onions, just as our cooks make puddings and turnovers.

Tom gave all the buns to the dragon, saying: "Here, try to eat a little. You'll soon feel better then."

The dragon ate up the buns, nodded rather ungraciously, and began to lick his wing again. So Tom left him and went back to the town with the news, and everyone was so excited at a real live dragon's being on the island—a thing that had never happened before—that they all went out to look at it, instead of going to th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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 myth...more

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 lik...more

Büyük-çok büyük, görkemli, renkli, korkutucu.. Ejderhalar hayatlarımıza çocukluklarımızda giriyorlar. Kimimizi alevleriyle ürpertiyor, kimimizi büyülüyor.
Ben ejderhalar hakkında çok düşünmemiştim.. Ta ki Targaryen Hanesi'nden İsminin Birincisi Daenerys Fırtınadoğan, Büyük Çöl Deniz'in Khaleesi's...more

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...more

If I told you that E. Nesbit dedicated this book to one of her husband's many illegitimate children, would you be more inclined to read it?

Of course you would.

You'd probably also love to know that E. Nesbit (Edith) was so enamored with her “main man,” one Mr. Bland, that she put on her man pants...more

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 te...more

*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 issue...more

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 m...more

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...more

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