D Is for Dragon Danceby Ying Chang Compestine, YongSheng Xuan (Illustrator)
From firecrackers to noodles, from red envelopes to the zodiac, young readers are introduced to the exciting traditions of Chinese New Year in this accessible and visually stunning homage to the holiday.
- Holiday House, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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It's a given that we can learn a great deal from other cultures, other customs, and there's not a better time to start than when we're young. 'D Is For Dragon Dance' is both entertaining and educational as it tells about the Chinese New Year with all its color and unique traditions (my favorite is how youngsters greet the New Year by honoring their parents!) An alphabet book, it begins with 'A is for Acrobats,' takes us through to K and L for Kites and Lanterns, then concludes with 'Z is for Zodiac,' explaining that the Chinese calendar is a 12 year cycle with each year represented by a different animal. Yongsheng Xuan has created boldly colored full page illustrations in watercolor, acrylic and latex. They're all eye-poppers. Also included is an author's note with tips to ensure good fortune in the New Year (clean the house before the New Year starts and light firecrackers to scare off evil spirits, etc.) Plus, there's a recipe for dumplings called 'New Year's Dumpling Delight.' 'D is for Dragon Dance' is a sure kid pleaser bound to elicit lots of interesting dinner table conversations. - Gail Cooke