The Reluctant Dragon is an 1898 children's story by Kenneth Grahame (originally published as a chapter in his book Dream Days). 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.
It is difficult to describe what a virtual presentation of literature or traditional storytelling looks like. It really involves seeing it to understand how the virtual world can be a tool for presenting and promoting reading and literature. It is already used as a resource by people with disabilities, and educational institutions to overcome boundaries of physical space and distance.
Here are some YouTube videos produced by a gentleman in Holland of live story/literary presentations. They do not include audio of the events, so they are an incomplete example. Hopefully they are a starting point in answering the questions posed in the post title:
Caledonia Skytower reads Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol at the Evolution Kingdom, December 2010.
Bard on the Virtual Beach: a virtual festival of the works of William Shakespeare (produced by me). The event presented over four hours of readings from Shakespeare involving eighteen different perfomers from three continents, and was attended by over 100 residents of Second Life.
The Conclusion of Anne Ursu's "Breadcrumbs" 1.23.12
Second Life viewers are free to download. System requirements are available at the download page. There are also Third Party Viewers available that are not the direct property of Linden Labs, and are also free to download.
If you are interested is stepping into the virtual world to evaluate its potential yourself, I would be happy to assist you. I am hoping to add live video (with audio) of a presentation of works in the public domain very soon.
Since 2008 I have been presenting literature and stories live in voice on the internet in the metaverse of Second Life. I have presented a wide range of stories from Aesop, Shakespeare, Yeats, Grahame, and more contemporary authors like E.B. White, Kate DiCamillo and Gail Carson Levine.
Information on some of my presentations in the virtual world can be found at the Blog site for the Seanchai Library, a part of the non-profit Community Virtual Library in Second Life that promotes stories and literature through live voice readings. I present and perform as "Caledonia Skytower."
A representative list – not complete.Approximate alpha by author’s last name.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyleby Avi
The One and Only Ivanby Katherine Applegate
Peter Pan (edited from the original) by J.M. Barrie
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, A Kidnapped Santa Claus,selections from The Marvelous Land of Ozand other short stories by L.Frank Baum
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus
The Penderwick’s &The Penderwick’s at Point Mouetteby Jeanne Birdsall
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pieby Alan Bradley
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & selections from Through The Looking –Glass by Lewis Carroll
How to Train Your Dragon & How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell
Tales of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, &The Magician’s Elephantby Kate DiCamillo
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Selections from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes & The Return ofSherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Dream Days &The Golden Ageby Kenneth Grahame
My Father’s Dragonby Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Clairvoyant Countessby Dorothy Gilman
The Tao of Poohby Benjamin Hoff
The Nutcracker(translation) by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Secrets of a Christmas Box by Steven Hornby (by special permission from the Author)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tateby Jaqueline Kelly
The Water Horseby Dick King-Smith
Selections fromTo Kill A Mockingbirdby Harper Lee
Ella Enchanted, Fairest, and selected stories fromThe Fairy’s Returnby Gail Carson Levine
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobeby C.S. Lewis
A Kiss of Ashen Twilightby Rae Lori(by special permission from the Author)
Beggar's Day - Book One: The Beggar Princeby MJ McGalliard
Winnie the Pooh & The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
Selections from Practical Demonkeepingby Christopher Moore
The Irish Dresserby Cynthia G. Neal
The Borrowers, The Magic Bed-Knob, & Bonfires and Broomsticks by Mary Norton
The Corpse Wore Tartanby Kaitlynn Dunnett
Nim’s Islandby Wendy Orr
Selections fromGood Omensby Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
A Cricket in Times Square by George Sheldon
Treasure Islandby Robert Lewis Stevenson
Dracula– a radio play by Larry Albert based on the original by Bram Stoker
Mary Poppins & Mary Poppins Returns by P.L. Travers
Breadcrumbsby Anne Ursu
The Quiet Man & Other Storiesby Maurice Walsh
Charlotte’s Web&Stuart Littleby E.B. White
Zora and Meby Victoria Bond and T.R Simon
Selections from The Celtic Twilight by W.B. Yeats
A variety of selections including prose and poetry from J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Shakespeare, Victor Hugo, Jane Austen, Bram Stoker, Joseph Sheridan LeFanu, Aesop, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Herman Melville, Jules Verne, Robert Burns, Robert D. San Souci, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and many more.
Just because an author does not appear here does not mean I have not read from them.As you can see from the representative list above, in over four years, and over 450 hours of live voice presentations, there has been a lot of literary territory covered.