(Sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things”)













Scaly blue dragons are snarling and snapping

Searching for maidens is their favorite pleasure

They’re clever and bold in hiding their gold

I don’t want to meet one or visit his cave.


When they puff smoke,

When they breathe fire,

When they ramp* and snort,


I simply rely on my good friend St. George

And then I don’t feel so scared.


*ramp: The circling of a dragon before he attacks.



This poem was written in Margaret Dunlop Sparrow's 3rd grade class at New Prospect Elementary School in Anderson, SC.  This class's songs won first place in a Fantasy Fair at East Tennessee State University in 1991. After they studied fantasy literature, two of the class's favorite stories were Jane Yolen's Dove Isabeau and Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon. (see Dragons in Picture Books). St. George is a character in Grahame's satiric tale of a peaceful dragon.

Reprinted with permission from Journey Through Fantasy Literature:  A Resource Guide for Teachers. Vol. II, p. 121. Ed. Roberta T. Herrin. Developed during a Teachers Institute sponsored by East Tennessee State University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1990-91, participants took the institute goals and ideas back to their classrooms for a year-long study of fantasy literature.

This page created Nov. 12, 2005
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See also:

Poem "Dragon Mountain"
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Dragons in Picture Books
Dragons in Folktale and Literature Collections
Chapter Books and Novels

©Margaret Dunlop Sparrow/Tina L. Hanlon 2005