Con a bordo il drago e i bambini liberati, Jim e Luca ridiscendono il Fiume Giallo e fanno ritorno a Ping, ove vengono accolti come eroi. I protagonisti fanno quindi ritorno a casa, Jim si fidanza con Li Si e dai festanti abitanti di Speropoli riceve in regalo una piccola locomotiva di nome Molly. Poi, su richiesta della sirena Sursulapitschi e di suo padre, il re del mare, si recano agli Scogli Magnetici. Aggiustato il meccanismo che li fa funzionare, Luca utilizza dei magneti e riesce a trasformare la sua locomotiva Emma in un " perpetuum mobile ", ora capace anche di volare. Costoro sono una banda di tredici fratelli, che nel precedente libro avevano fatto affari con la Signora Zanna, rapendo bambini in giro per il mondo e vendendoli alla dragonessa.
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One day, the postman — who has to come by ship — drops off a package with a nearly illegible address for a Mrs. Krintuuth at Zorroulend. On the back was a large After the commotion has died down, the baby is adopted by the islanders and is named Jim Button. He announces to Luke that Emma has to be removed. Luke, upset about this decision, decides to leave the island with Emma, and Jim who had accidentally overheard Luke relating his woes to Emma decides to come along.
They convert Emma into a makeshift ship and sail off the island in the night, eventually arriving at the coast of Mandala a fictional country inspired by China. When they arrive in Ping, the capital, they win the friendship of a tiny great-grandchild named Ping Pong, who tells them the Emperor is in mourning.
After a long and hazardous journey, they arrive in the Dragon City. Along the way, they make two new friends, the giant Mr. Tur Tur who is actually a "Scheinriese", a "seeming giant" — he only appears to be a giant from afar; when approached, it turns out he is actually of normal height , and Nepomuk, the half-dragon.
Jim and Luke free Princess Li Si  and a large number of children, who had all been kidnapped and sold to Mrs. Grindtooth by a gang of pirates the Wild Grindtooth had chained the children to desks at her school, where she had barked lessons to them like a kommandant. Grindtooth with them as they make their way back on the Yellow River , which begins right at the Dragon City. Arriving back in Mandala, they receive a triumphal welcome and are surprised by some startling news.
Grindtooth is about to turn into a Golden Dragon of Wisdom, and the other inhabitants of Morrowland want them back on the island!
With parting advice given by the now-reformed Mrs. After a cordial welcome back on Morrowland, Jim and Li Si become engaged, and Jim gets a small locomotive for his own, which he names Molly.
Following the events in Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver, life in Morrowland continues as usual for a year until the postman rams New-Morrowland with his mail boat in the dark of night. It is decided that the island needs a lighthouse , but the island is too small to support one.
Jim remembers Mr. Tur Tur and his ability to appear as a giant when seen from afar, and Jim and Luke decide to invite him to Morrowland to use his unique ability as a living lighthouse.
While sailing the oceans with the two steam locomotives Emma and Molly to the desert where Mr. Tur Tur lives, Jim and Luke stop to help out a mermaid named Sursulapitschi and her father, Lormoral, the king of the seas. This leads to a precarious encounter with the Magnetic Cliffs, whose magnetic pull can be turned off and on.
When on, they activate a phenomenon called the Sea Glow, which illuminates the bottom of the sea, but also activates the magnetic pull, endangering passing ships; so someone must be found to ensure that no ships are endangered while the Sea Glow is switched on.
With it, they cross the Crown of the World to get Mr. Tur Tur. To their surprise, in the desert they also encounter their half-dragon friend Nepomuk, who had had to flee the Dragon City following the events in the first book, for his help in capturing Mrs. Jim and Luke persuade Nepomuk to accompany them and take up the post at the Magnetic Cliffs. Tur Tur and Nepomuk, has been abducted by the band of pirates called the Wild Luckily for Jim and Luke, the former Mrs.
Grindtooth awakes as a Golden Dragon of Wisdom in Mandala, helping them out with information and telling Jim how to find out about his origin. They encounter the pirates, who prove to be too much for them in battle. As it turns out, Jim is the last descendant of Caspar, the third of the Three Kings , whose heirs were doomed to remain homeless after Mrs. Grindtooth had sunk their kingdom beneath the ocean millennia ago.
Only the sinking of Castle Stormeye will raise it back to the surface. All the families whose children Jim and Luke had rescued from the Dragon City come to live in the new country. Jim marries Li Si and receives Molly from the merpeople, her iron frame transformed into the Crystal of Eternity. Settings[ edit ] "Morrowland", where the story begins, is a microcosm of early modern society, with a king, a burgher , a merchant, and a worker.
China is still an empire, Native American Indians and Eskimos still live in traditional ways, yet there are ocean liners, telephones, a postal service, chewing gum and other modern conveniences.
There are many fictional locations, like the "Crown of the World", a vast mountain range coloured in red and white stripes, and the "Magnetic Cliffs".
Some locations are based on real places, such as the Himalayas , and legendary ones, such as the magnetic cliffs in the Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor and a beautiful abandoned city under the sea, patterned after Atlantis. China is depicted in a phantasmic way; in later German editions, the country name was changed to Mandala.
In Morrowland, people lead an old-fashioned, idyllic life, albeit with modern conveniences. The rest of the world, however, is full of fantasy. As the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote, children read Jim Button at a time in their lives when "the existence of dragons is as real as dinosaurs and kings [are] closer than the chancellor".
In Morrowland, Jim is a normal child. Outside Morrowland, however, he goes on adventures, experiences exotic cultures, fights a dragon and finally, saves a princess. List of Jim Button characters[ edit ] Jim Button Jim Knopf The titular hero, this character shares the "glory" with and is the sidekick of his best friend Luke, the engine driver. He grows up on Morrowland Lummerland under the care of Mrs. He wants to be an engine driver too. His name is derived from his habit of tearing a hole in his trousers every time he does something wild.
After mending the hole many times, Mrs. Whaat added a button so it could be opened, rather than torn up yet again. Where Jim represents adventurous youth, Luke is the man of experience and practicality who manages to solve almost every technical problem.
He is very strong and is an expert spitter capable of spitting a loop. His trademark is his pipe, which he smokes in emotional situations. Princess Li Si The daughter of the Chinese Emperor is rather headstrong and obstinate, especially when it comes to discipline.
She admires Jim for his courage and intelligence, even though for most of the story he refuses to learn how to read and write, skills she has already mastered quite well. Molly is smaller and younger. She loves Jim dearly and worries about him constantly when he is on an adventure. Her special skill is making sweets, particularly ice cream and Gugelhupf. One of Mrs.
He is extremely well-meaning and benevolent, but can get overly nervous under stress and is very inattentive and forgetful. He is portrayed as a stereotypical Englishman and is most often seen taking a stroll, wearing a bowler hat and carrying an umbrella.
Tur Tur This illusory giant Scheinriese is a gentle and modest person and a vegetarian , but a tragic recluse due to his unusual nature. When seen from a distance, he appears to be a giant, inadvertently frightening everyone who beholds him.
Consequently, he lives at an oasis in the desert, "The End of the World". Nepomuk A half-dragon by birth, because his mother was a hippopotamus , and still has some resemblance to his mother. Like his fellow mixed-race dragons, he is not accepted by the pure-blood dragons in Sorrowland. He tries to behave like a "real" dragon by being scary and mean, while he is actually neither. A certain naughtiness, which he later promises to overcome, does seem to belong to his actual traits, though. However, he is able to help Ushaurishuum create the Crystal of Eternity, and becomes the keeper of the Magnetic Cliffs.
Ping Pong A very young and tiny Chinese boy whose head is the size of a ping pong ball. Grindtooth Frau Mahlzahn A pure-blood dragon and the main antagonist of the first story. Her name comes from the single fang projecting from her long snout. She is very knowledgeable and intelligent, but like all dragons, likes to torment lesser beings with her power. She runs a school for human children in Sorrowland. Fearsome pirates and seamen, they are not particularly bright and are poorly educated, each of them knowing only one particular letter of the alphabet.
First portrayed as antagonists, they evolve into important characters and plot carriers in the sequel. This mistake happens because of a fault in their logic. Everyday they elect one of their own as a new leader, so they reason they are twelve plus the leader, which results in them thinking they are thirteen.
Literary references[ edit ] Michael Ende grew up in Nazi Germany. His father, Edgar Ende , a painter, was banned as " degenerate " in Sleeve, who, like the stereotypical Englishman, wears a bowler and carries an umbrella, is polite and well educated. Quoting from Nazi literature, Voss writes, "no boy or girl should leave school without having been led to the ultimate cognition of the imperative need [for] and essence of racial purity. Entry by racially impure dragons forbidden on pain of death.
Nepomuk, who is only half dragon, is not allowed by the racially pure dragons to enter the Dragon City. The myth of Atlantis had a special meaning to the Nazis, who held that Atlantis was the ancient homeland of the Aryan race. Not so in German, where it has a double entendre.
Their production of Jim Button, first filmed in the early s in black and white , was so successful, it was remade in the s in color. A cinematic adaptation of the second book, Jim Button and the Wild 13, was announced in late March Filming was set to start in January , with a public release planned for Easter The country called China in the first editions of the book was later changed to "Mandala".
One died shortly after arriving in England. The other two were returned to their home along with Jemmy Button.
Le avventure di Jim Bottone
One day, the postman — who has to come by ship — drops off a package with a nearly illegible address for a Mrs. Krintuuth at Zorroulend. On the back was a large After the commotion has died down, the baby is adopted by the islanders and is named Jim Button. He announces to Luke that Emma has to be removed. Luke, upset about this decision, decides to leave the island with Emma, and Jim who had accidentally overheard Luke relating his woes to Emma decides to come along. They convert Emma into a makeshift ship and sail off the island in the night, eventually arriving at the coast of Mandala a fictional country inspired by China.