The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit

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This book was read for the Here Be Dragons Challenge, Initials Challenge and the Spring Reading Thing 2008.

This is the first book by Edith Nesbit I’ve read although there is at least one more I’m planning to read this year. This book was first published in the year 1900.

This book is actually a compilation of 8 different stories originally written for a magazine called The Strand. You can learn more about this in the afterword by Peter Glassman, at least in this 2001 printing by SeaStar Books, a division of North-South Books.

I really enjoyed the stories which were about all different kinds of dragons: big dragons, small dragons, icy dragons, fiery dragons, flying dragons, walking dragons, even dragons from books. The only kind of dragon not found in this book is a friendly dragon. Most of the stories feature a princess of some sort. You can tell the book was written in the early 20th century too because of references to caning and beating children when they are bad which was the accepted form of discipline in those days.

I enjoyed Ms. Nesbit’s writing style and look forward to reading more of her books. This is the first book written before 1920 that I’ve really enjoyed.
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