My Father’s Dragon

by Crystal Lyon, SUNY Cortland

Posted in on Thursday, Dec 11

My Father’s Dragon, written by Ruth Stiles Gannett, and illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett, was my favorite childhood story.  I remember making the dragon out of a milk carton and painting it when I was in elementary school.  I re-illustrated the cover in illustration class.  And again, I am asked to re-illustrate my favorite  children’s book.  As I began re-drawing what I felt to be the key images that told the story about a boy named Elmer Elavator and his dragon, I realized that I didn’t want to change the style.  Everything I drew ended up being too adult for the feeling of the book.  So I began to soften the original images, and decided to color them.  I think that is truly the only change I would like to make, is to see it in color.  It is such an adventurous book filled with interesting characters and situations.  Because of this book, I have been hooked on fantasy even now as an adult, preferring fiction and the feeling of escape from mundane reality and following another’s story.  When I was a kid, I wanted to have my very own dragon so I could have interesting and fun adventures too!  Now, I create my own adventures through my own story telling.

By Crystal Lyon

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