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PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton


This 50TH BIRTHDAY edition of the song written in 1959 by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton is a delight for the eyes in this wonderful picture book.  It is a special reminder of a song that many (in my age bracket) sang and sang again and still do today.  Although the song has some sadness to it, this storybook version has a new ending.  Puff, the Magic Dragon was originally sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary in 1960.  They continued to sing it at concerts for years and years to come.

The song is the story.  The story is the song.  In this beautifully illustrated picture book, the song comes alive in a new way through Eric Puybaret’s eye-catching, unique artwork.  Each double-page scene is bold yet filled with detail, colorful yet subdued.  Each character is full of expression.  All of this gives way to a journey of the imagination to Honalee.

This edition has a CD with four songs (Puff twice) sung by Peter Yarrow and his daughter Bethany plus cellist Rufus Cappadocia.  The trio Peter, Bethany and Rufus can be found @ http://www.peterbethanyandrufus.com).

The book makes this a special version of a song I have loved for well over fifty years.  There have been over a million copies sold, while translated into fourteen languages.

Reading Level:  Age range: 3 – 5 Years

This is Peter Yarrow‘s picture book debut.  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 earned 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 Telluride, Colorado and New York City.  Mr. Yarrow can be found @ http://peteryarrow.net

A website with the Peter, Paul, and Mary trio is @ http://www.peterpaulandmary.com

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.  He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, three children, and a wide variety of animals.  Mr. Lipton can be found @ http://lennylipton.com

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.  Some of his illustrations can be found @ http://xaxor.com/drawings/27774-Illustrations-by-Eric-Puybaret.html

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9781402747823
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 7/17/2007
  • Pages: 24
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 11.92 (h) x 0.55 (d)

I reviewed “Puff” in February, 2014 on my first review blog before moving over here.



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