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Puff the Magic Dragon

Last updated Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Author: Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrator: Eric Puybaret
Date of Publication: 2007
ISBN: 1402747829
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2012

Synopsis: From Amazon.com:
Puff, the Magic Dragon is simply one of the most beloved songs of all time—a classic that’s become as much a part of the childhood experience as Mother Goose and fairy tales. Yet singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow and co-composer Lenny Lipton have never allowed a picture book adaptation of this magical tale…until now. With Yarrow’s and Lipton’s blessing, Puff, Jackie Paper, and the land of Honalee finally live on the page.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you believe in dragons? Have you ever seen a dragon? Any fire-breathing dragons?
•  Would you like a dragon as play-friend?
•  How is Puff different from other dragons?
•  Have you ever been to Honalee? Or the sea or an island?

•  Billowed - Fill with air and swell outward
•  Perched - Sit somewhere, especially on something high or narrow
•  Frolicked - Play and move about cheerfully, excitedly, or energetically
•  Fearless - Showing a lack of fear; intrepid
•  Sorrow - A feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others
•  Noble - admirable in dignity of conception, manner of expression, execution, or compositio

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Who do you think the little girl is at the end of the story?
•  Have you ever had a special friend like Puff?
•  If you could play with Puff, where would you go and what would you do?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a headband with dragon ears or a dragon mask.
•  Pick a piece of nature and make it come alive with a face, like the pictures in the book.
•  Draw your special friend and the place where you like to play.

Special activities:
•  Bonus points if you download the song and sing it to the kids. Also, most of the pages include illustrations with faces. Make a game of finding the faces as you read the book!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!