The story has also been set to music as a children's operetta by John Rutter, with words by David Grant.
The story takes place in the Berkshire Downs in Oxfordshire where the author lived and where, according to legend, St George did fight a dragon. It is Grahame's most famous short story.
The Reluctant Dragon
It can be seen as a prototype to most modern stories in which the dragon is a sympathetic character rather than a threat. In Grahame's story, a young boy discovers an erudite, mushroom-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home.
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The two become friends, but soon afterwards the dragon is discovered by the townsfolk, who send for St George to rid them of it. Language: English. Published in: Add to a list.
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Read the blog. He is quite happy to rest quietly and mind his own business. The problem is that the dragon simply cannot seem to grasp the idea that people think of his kind in far from friendly terms.
Using the colloquial and delightfully rustic language of the Downs, Inga Moore takes us back to time when dragons were a part of everyday living and when little boys could indeed have wonderful adventures. Inga Moore has superbly captured the essence of the story in her glorious artwork. The double page spreads and the smaller pieces of artwork show vistas, capture the beauty of the English countryside, and introduce us to the characters and the events taking place in the story.