Puff the Magic Dragon
by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Paintings by Eric Puybaret
First thing that I have to say about this book is WOW. The pictures are gorgeous! I brought it in and every child I had wanted to pick it up, even though I said nothing about it. I just set it down on the table.
There is a “From the Authors” section in the back of the book that provides so much information about the song/story that I had no clue about. First off, Peter Yarrow is the Peter in the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. In addition, Lenny Lipton originally wrote the poem and left it to Peter Yarrow, who then added lyrics and set it to music.
It is one of those bittersweet songs/poems. Eventually kids grow up and leave their childhood imagination and playthings behind. I have fond memories of the song as a child.
This book comes with a beautifully sung version of the song on CD. The whole package is fantastic. Words, illustrations, AND music. What else could you ask for?
Genre- Children’s Picture book, Book Set to Music