Puff the Magic Dragon is 50 years old! Wow, that makes me feel kind of ancient and creaky. Somewhere around here, I probably still have my album (as in "vinyl") of children's music and "Puff the Magic Dragon" was one of my childhood favorites.
Oh. Ahem. Yes, in fact, I do have that album. Anyway, you know how I love children's books. Puff the Magic Dragon, published by Sterling Children's Books is basically a board book with the words from the song. Since I haven't heard it in eons, I can't tell you if all of the lyrics are there, but the illustrations in this board book are freaking gorgeous and Puff looks very friendly, which I think is important in illustrations directed at small children.
My favorite board books are usually the ones that have a nice rhythm and, of course, if you know the song you'll want to sing the story rather than just reading it aloud. That Puff began as a song makes it perfect for reading to little ones. I'd forgotten Puff the Magic Dragon is a sad story, though. Poor Puff can't live without little Jackie when Jackie grows up and goes away. I guess it's such an upbeat song that I never noticed. I still love the story, love board books, adore the rhyme and rhythm and definitely highly recommend this little book. It's a beauty.
It's also important to note that Puff the Magic Dragon has earned the Fiona Kitty Seal of Approval. Well . . . what are you waiting for? :)
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