Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Welcome in Fall with a Good Book -- Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton (Review)


Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Published: September 2012
Age range: up to 3
24 pages
ISBN: 1-4549-0114-4
ISBN13: 9781454901143
$7.95 US
$9.95 Canadian

Toddlers love friendly dragons, too--and now their time has come, with a beautiful board-book version of Puff, the Magic Dragon!

This sturdy new volume features Eric Puybaret's stunning art from the phenomenally successful and critically praised picture book. It's the perfect celebration of the 50th anniversary of Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton's beloved children's song.

My Thoughts:

Puff the Magic Dragon was a favorite childhood song/book growing up.  I remember my grandmother giving a copy of it to my oldest brother, who flipped through it and put it on the book shelve.  Intrigued by the color, I picked it up and began reading.  Now, years later, I am able to share my love for Puff the Magic Dragon with my daughters.  Don't you love when classics like this make their way into your children's hands. 

At part of the 50 years celebration of this release, this new board book will have young children asking you to read it over and over again.  And, you don't have to be a boy or lover of dragons to enjoy this cute story.   The illustrations in this book are simply amazing, and will have both parents and children taking a moment or two after finishing reading each page to enjoy the fine detailing of each illustration.  As you read this song/story, you will wish you were able to visit the land of Honalee, or have a friend like Puff the Magic Dragon.  Young minds will love listening to the adventures Jack and Puff the Magic Dragon go on, and seeing the friendship and connection they have, as you read each page.

Even though 50 years have gone by since this song first released, it hasn't lost is luster and will continue to entertain generations for years to come.  I ended up picking up a few more copies of this board book to give as baby shower gifts to close friends.  When they saw the book in their baskets of goodies, all agreed that Puff the Magic Dragon held a special place in their heart growing up.  And, now they will be able to share that love with their children. :-)

 About the Authors:

In 1959, Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton co-created the beloved song "Puff, the Magic Dragon." As a member of the renowned trio Peter, Paul & Mary, Peter Yarrow has earned many gold and platinum awards and numerous Grammys®, as well as an Emmy® nomination for his animated TV specials based on "Puff, the Magic Dragon." Among the many honors bestowed upon him, Yarrow is most proud of the Allard K. Lowenstein Award, which he received in 1982 for advancing the causes of human rights, peace, and freedom. He lives in New York City.

Lenny Lipton is the inventor of the modern 3-D projection system used in cinemas worldwide and the author of four books on motion-picture technology. He received an award from the Smithsonian for his invention.

Eric Puybaret graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Puff, the Magic Dragon was his first book, and he has since gone on to illustrate several others, including The Nutcracker for Sterling, and a picture book edition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow with a musical interpretation by Judy Collins. Puybaret lives in Paris, France.

Disclosure: I was sent  a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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