The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Gannet is very kind to readers. At the start of The Dragons of Blueland is a section titled “What Went Before” where she very neatly summarizes the first two books. This is immeasurably helpful for those with bad memories or short attention spans.
In this volume, Elmer Elevator has been reunited with his family and it only seem fair that our dragon have a chance to join his family as well. So with his friend Elmer safely at home, the dragon sets off to the great high mountains of Blueland. He soon uncovers a plot. Men plan on capturing his family and selling them to zoos! Of course, he must ask his good friend Elmer for help.
Like the previous two books in the trilogy, this is a nice beginning chapter book. The story is quite simple with no subplots and there is a clear problem which is easily and completely resolved in the first try. Illustrations add to the enjoyment for younger readers.
Sex, Nudity, Dating – None.
Profanity – “drat it,”
Death, Violence and Gore – A dragon hurt his wing. A man who believes he has seen a monster sets off with a rifle. The rifle is show in an illustration. Later he fires the rifle indiscriminately into the bushes (no worries, nothing was harmed). This is also illustrated. A boy buys a cap pistol. We learn that knights captured and killed many dragons in the past. A knight with a lance is shown aiming for a dragon’s belly.
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking – None.
Frightening or Intense Things – Men plot to capture dragons and put them in a zoo. I didn’t find this at all frightening or intense, but very small readers might.