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Puff, the Magic Dragon (Book & CD) Paperback – 5 Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (5 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023070381X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230703810
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 0.4 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the picture-book version of "Puff, the Magic Dragon"
[B]eautifully illustrated brings the land of Honalee to new life. --the "New York Times ""
" "Puff" is pure magic. --"USA Today""
" [L]ush, stylized artwork The full spreads feature sweeping panoramas set against the blues and greens of ocean and island with small details revealed throughout. --"School Library Journal""
" [S]tunningly beautiful. --"Chicago Sun-Times""
" An impressive performance all around."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Everyone knows the song, and now you can enjoy the picture book too! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
The illustrations are so charming. My reception class joined in with the chorus as I read and they loved the dragon and were pleased when he found a new play mate. They enjoyed the song so much they asked for it to be played again. They then hummed the tune during the afternoon. My colleague and I felt nostalgic as we were teenagers when the song was first released. A super book for grandparents as well as chidren.
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Having read alot of the other reviews, I felt compelled to write my own.

It seems that alot of people have missed the fact that this 'version' of Puff the magic dragon, is in fact by the original authors, Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton.

Leonard Lipton wrote it as a poem (1959) and Peter Yarrow of 'Peter, Paul and Mary' made it into the song (1961)that we all know and love.

Many refer to the 'changes' in it, and how they prefer the original, well, really, it is basically the same, albeit he has added the word 'girls'.

I like the fact a new companion is added at the end in the illustrations only, as you can make of this what you will...

I adore this book and cd, the illustrations are delightful and the book is kept simple and short.

More importantly, my 3 year old daughter loves it, she is even learning empathy from it which at that age is amazing. I have to read it to her, then play the cd!
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Format: Paperback
I have bought this book several times now for children aged between 3 and 7. It is beautifully illustrated and the writing style makes it accessible to a broad set of age ranges. The CD is an added bonus and nice to have in the car for those boring journeys!
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Well, we love this book. We started reading it at ages 1 and 3.5 and it's one that gets revisited and re-loved over the months. The CD is now in the car and is brilliant if they (or you) need a little soothing. The book also has some obscure little faces you can spot on some pages which cause us great delight.
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I loved Puff as a child. It brought tears to my eyes even remembering the song when I placed the order for this book for my four year-old son. However, I was somewhat disappointed by both the book and the CD when they arrived.

This is a large hardback book which I feel doesn't really warrant the size and space. There are 2 to 4 lines of the original song written and illustrated on each double page. Bearing in mind that there is a lot of repetition of the chorus, this makes the book seem quite barren. The emptiness is not helped by the illustrations which seem quite plain with a limited colour palate.

My main complaint is with the changes to the poem. Maybe the writer has modified it because he had a daughter and wanted to involve girls in the story. It just comes over as appalling, unnecessary political correctness. The line:
"A dragon lives forever but not so little boys"
has morphed into
"A dragon lives forever but not so little girls and boys"
It scans awfully. Listening to the CD was painful at this point.

There is also the implication in the last two drawings that a little girl comes along and befriends Puff who is then happy again. The tragedy of the song was its strength and appeal, this addition makes it quite mediocre. I don't see that all children's stories have to have a happy ending. Why was the author so terrified of letting children learn about feelings of loss and sadness in the safe, experimental world of fiction?

Aside from my disappointment with the book, my son was not overly impressed. He did start to empathise with Puff when his friend didn't come back. However, as soon as the happy ending kicked in he simply began asking which story we were having next.
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An absolutely wonderful book. The text is straight forward. It is simply the song lyrics which, of course, are a story themselves. The illustrations are magical and the happy ending (and the inclusion of girls) is both believable and far more comforting to both my children, who range from 23 to 3 years old, and me. (I had previously cried every time I heard this song since I first heard Peter, Paul & Mary sing it on the radio in the 60's when a toddler myself.) A modern day classic and a long established favourite in our house, I think it is a must for every little person. The CD included with this book is a nice little extra and includes 2 other traditional folk songs. The pieces written at the end of the book by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton are charming and give a lovely history of both the original song's inception and today's version. All round you just couldn't ask for better.
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The grandkids just love this book and cd 'Puff The Magic Dragon'. We play it in the car, keeps them happy for ages singing along.
Arrived soon after ordering. Would buy from ths seller again. Thank you..
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ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! beautiful drawings and, although the book has nothing more than the lyrics, it makes a beautiful read and my 2.5 year old loves it. Now she knows the lyrics by heart and often asks to be read it by us.
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