A Time of Golden Dragons

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Through the ages, the dragon has been an important symbol for the Chinese. A time of Golden Dragons is the most auspicious possible. In fascinating text and beautiful paintings, Song Nan and Hao Yu Zhang trace the dragon’s history. Perhaps inspired by giant crocodiles, the image of the dragon affects every aspect of life in China, including the marking of dragon years, the flying of dragon kites, and the eating of dragon cakes at dragon boat races.

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Overview

Through the ages, the dragon has been an important symbol for the Chinese. A time of Golden Dragons is the most auspicious possible. In fascinating text and beautiful paintings, Song Nan and Hao Yu Zhang trace the dragon’s history. Perhaps inspired by giant crocodiles, the image of the dragon affects every aspect of life in China, including the marking of dragon years, the flying of dragon kites, and the eating of dragon cakes at dragon boat races.

A splendid introduction to the richness of Chinese culture, this is a book to cherish this special year and for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The fluidity of line and subtle colors … echo centuries of tradition, while the sense of detail gives the work a personal stamp.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for A Time of Golden Dragons:

“Song Nan Zhang’s lavish illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this bounty of dragon lore… a wonderful book … dragon enthusiasts of all ages will be delighted.…”
The Asian Reporter

“…accurate, colourful, detailed illustrations that allow the reader to visualize and remember the significance of China’s dragon symbols.”
Calliope

Children's Literature
In recognition of the year 2000 as the Western millennium year and the Chinese Year of the Golden Dragon, the Zhangs present an illustrated view of the dragon in Chinese history and legend from prehistory to the 20th century. The intricate illustrations are accompanied by brief explanations. On each two-page spread, the authors provide information about a variety of topics related to the importance of the dragon in Chinese life. The detailed illustrations are the focal point of the book and are interesting, but the book has no continuity and leaves the reader with no real understanding of its underlying purpose. One would wonder at the suggested 398.2 Dewey classification number, unless it is simply to designate the dragon as myth. Although the text is brief, it is not simple. Therefore, the book will have a limited audience, since it might not be accessible to the young child who is fascinated with dragons. 2000, Tundra Books, $16.95. Ages 8 to 10. Reviewer: J. B. Petty
From The Critics
This exquisitely illustrated book celebrates an icon of the Chinese people, the dragon. Once every 3,000 years, the Year of the Golden Dragon converges with the Western Millennium. Different regions of China developed their own interpretation of the dragon (some inspired by prehistoric giant crocodiles); other regions incorporated different animals into their dragons. As China became one people, their images merged to form the Chinese dragon, a symbol that has become a part of every aspect of their lives. A chart of the Chinese year is included in this insightful and beautifully-illustrated look at Asian culture. 2000, Tundra Books, $16.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: D. Cannon SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-Each double-page spread treats a different aspect of dragon lore in clear, accessible prose, using Song Nan Zhang's realistic paintings, steeped in Chinese art, to complete the explanations. Like other ancient peoples, the early Chinese gave animal names to cycles that marked the passage of time: hours of the day, phases of the moon, and cycles of seasons. Perhaps inspired by prehistoric giant crocodiles, they included the mythic dragon among the real animals. In handsome, oversized page layouts, the Zhangs trace the depiction of dragons in Chinese art over 5000 years, compare Eastern and Western images of dragons, and connect these creatures to the Chinese emperors. They describe language, literature, and customs, old and new, concerning dragons and show how animals mark the passage of time. Finally, they explain why 2000 is a very special Dragon Year. Twelve-year-olds, born in the last Year of the Dragon, may find this book intriguing, as will anyone else wishing for solid, accessible, authentic background on the mythical creatures that symbolize China.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887767913
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 11/14/2006
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Song Nan Zhang was born in Shanghai. He received a Masters degree from the Beijing Central Institute of Fine Arts, and his paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the world. Song Nan Zhang lives in Montreal. His son, Hao Yu, was born in Beijing and arrived in Montreal with his parents in 1990. He has a journalism degree from Concordia University and has written for the Montreal Gazette. He now lives in London, England, and works for the BBC.

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