Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Puff the Magic Dragon

Hello! Thanks for stopping by again,
I have another entry for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner - Making Melody. Today's inspiration is from the song "Puff the Magic Dragon" - a song written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow, and made popular by Yarrow's group Peter, Paul and Mary in a 1963 recording. My boys have a beautifully illustrated book based on the song.

Here is an interesting tidbit from Wikipedia - The lyrics for "Puff, the Magic Dragon" were based on a 1959 poem by Leonard Lipton, a 19-year-old Cornell University student. Lipton was inspired by an Ogden Nash poem titled "Custard the Dragon", about a "realio, trulio little pet dragon."

The lyrics tell a story of the ageless dragon Puff and his playmate Jackie Paper, a little boy who grows up and loses interest in the imaginary adventures of childhood and leaves Puff alone and depressed. The story of the song takes place "by the sea" in the fictional land of Honalee (the spelling used by author Lenny Lipton, though nonauthoritative variations abound).

Lipton was friends with Peter Yarrow's housemate when they were all students at Cornell. He used Yarrow's typewriter to get the poem out of his head. He then forgot about it until years later, when a friend called and told him Yarrow was looking for him, to give him credit for the lyrics. On making contact Yarrow gave Lipton half the songwriting credit, and he still gets royalties from the song.

And, the inside....I have been remembering to photograph some of my insides, lol!

Once again I have used these fun Beach Bum papers from Fancy Pants.

Have a good one,

Shanna :)


  1. Too that dragon. I loved that book when I was little. I even had the song on a record that I could play on my little portable record player. Lee-Ann :)

  2. Beautifull card!! Love the dragon :)

  3. Oh this is awesome too! My girls when they were in ballet did a beautiful dance to "Candle on the Water" from that movie. :) I remember it well. What a fun challenge!!


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