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The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend

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Publisher Comments:

Long ago, in a remote village in China, there lived a kind and generous little boy. He spent his days in the forest, collecting wood to trade for food. One day, the boy made a wondrous discovery: a magic stone that caused his money jar and rice crocks to overflow, both of which he shared with the poor villagers.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;But strange things began to happen. It no longer rained. The crops died. The rivers dried up. A terrible drought had struck and would not release its grip. The brave young boy, full of dreams of a white, water-spewing Dragon, took his magic stone on a journeyand#8212;and discovered how to save his village.

Review:

"Newcomer Jian retells a Chinese legend well-timed for 2012, the year of the Water Dragon. Ah Bao, a country boy, finds a lucky red stone that supplies him with more rice and money than he can use, but that also dries up all the rain. He dreams of a Water Dragon 'dancing in the clouds and showering the land with much needed water,' and sets off to find it, meeting creatures who offer him pieces of their skin, claws, horns — equipment, apparently, for a fight with the 'greedy red monster' each creature says Ah Bao will meet. Instead, oddly, Ah Bao swallows his red stone and becomes the Water Dragon himself, and the skin, claws, and other items become part of him. It's an unexpected twist, as if David had swallowed his slingshot and turned into Goliath. Ah Bao the Water Dragon brings rain to the land, but the story ends there; no word on what dragon life is like, or whether the human boy returns. A translation into Chinese characters appears on every page, making it a fine language instruction tool. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Long ago, in a remote village in China, there lived a kind and generous little boy. He spent his days in the forest, collecting wood to trade for food. One day, the boy made a wondrous discovery: a magic stone that caused his money jar and rice crocks to overflow, both of which he shared with the poor villagers.

But strange things began to happen. It no longer rained. The crops died. The rivers dried up. A terrible drought had struck and would not release its grip. The brave young boy, full of dreams of a white, water-spewing Dragon, took his magic stone on a journey—and discovered how to save his village.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Li Jianandlt;/bandgt; graduated from Hebei Normal University in 2001, majoring in Chinese Painting. Formerly a middle school art teacher, children's book editor and a partner in an illustration studio, Li now owns his own illustration studio focusing on illustrations for chhildren's fairy tales.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781602209787
Author:
Jian, Li
Publisher:
Reader's Digest Association
Author:
Jian, Li
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Children s-Fables
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
multicultural childrens books; childrens books; Chinese books for children; Chinese books for kids; bilingual childrens books
Edition Description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Series:
No Series
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
full-color hand illustrations
Pages:
42
Dimensions:
9 x 9.25 in
Age Level:
from 4 up to 8

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Newcomer Jian retells a Chinese legend well-timed for 2012, the year of the Water Dragon. Ah Bao, a country boy, finds a lucky red stone that supplies him with more rice and money than he can use, but that also dries up all the rain. He dreams of a Water Dragon 'dancing in the clouds and showering the land with much needed water,' and sets off to find it, meeting creatures who offer him pieces of their skin, claws, horns — equipment, apparently, for a fight with the 'greedy red monster' each creature says Ah Bao will meet. Instead, oddly, Ah Bao swallows his red stone and becomes the Water Dragon himself, and the skin, claws, and other items become part of him. It's an unexpected twist, as if David had swallowed his slingshot and turned into Goliath. Ah Bao the Water Dragon brings rain to the land, but the story ends there; no word on what dragon life is like, or whether the human boy returns. A translation into Chinese characters appears on every page, making it a fine language instruction tool. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Long ago, in a remote village in China, there lived a kind and generous little boy. He spent his days in the forest, collecting wood to trade for food. One day, the boy made a wondrous discovery: a magic stone that caused his money jar and rice crocks to overflow, both of which he shared with the poor villagers.

But strange things began to happen. It no longer rained. The crops died. The rivers dried up. A terrible drought had struck and would not release its grip. The brave young boy, full of dreams of a white, water-spewing Dragon, took his magic stone on a journey—and discovered how to save his village.

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