D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet

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D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
With its alphabet-book format and lavish illustrations, this informational book about China is aimed at readers of various ages: for younger viewers, Crane has provided short rhyming verses (unfortunately rather lame), while for older readers there is more information on colored strips next to each picture. Expansive oil paintings introduce illustrator Wang to American picture book readers and provide an unimpeachable source of detail about Chinese manners, customs, traditions, and landscapes. Many are wide panoramic two-page spreads; others (including a few drawings) are smaller, but all can be imagined on eye-catching posters. Reds predominate on the pages for L (lantern), N (a parade for the New Year), X (xie or thank you), and D for dragon dance. Sweeping views of the Great Wall, a Beijing street, and bright yellow rice paddies are impressive, but more intimate scenes show calligraphy materials, lush Chinese vegetables, and a woman playing the two-stringed ehru. Readers of any age can have fun calculating birth-year signs with Z, a set of Chinese zodiac animals that look like woodcuts in reds, purples, and golds. This large format book would make an immediately striking introduction to a project on China, allowing students to find an area of special interest for further research--or it can simply be enjoyed for its colorful scenes and fascinating details, as in S for Silk Road or C for chopsticks.
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Gr 1–4
A fascinating glimpse into Chinese culture. Two rhyming sentences for each letter of the alphabet highlight people, places, and things commonly associated with the country, including the Great Wall, pandas, Chinese New Year, kites, and the Himalayan Mountains. Both the illustrated rhymes and the expository sidebars feature information about calligraphy, inventions, the importance of the color yellow, wheelbarrows, dough figurines, jasmine tea, an instrument called an ehru , and more. The couplets, chalk-pastel illustrations, and additional facts together create a comprehensive, nonlinear overview from geography and history to art and science. Although the meter of the text and the detailed pictures may not work for a group read-aloud, the title still has broad appeal. The alphabet portion could be shared one-on-one with younger students, while the additional facts keep the book relevant for independent readers and researchers. The wealth of information and the richness of the realistic drawings allow readers to savor a few letters at a time or to pore over the entire work again and again.
—Julie R. RanelliCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585362738
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: Discover the World
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 790,205
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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