Dragon Dancing

Dragon Dancing

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by Carole Schaefer, Pierr Morgan
     
 

In this preschool picture book, young children show us the wonder and fun of learning. After reading a book about dragons with their teacher, these inventive preschoolers decide to make their own dragon out of colored paper, yarn, feathers, and . . . themselves! Soon they’re out the door, onto the playground, and into another world—the world of

Overview

In this preschool picture book, young children show us the wonder and fun of learning. After reading a book about dragons with their teacher, these inventive preschoolers decide to make their own dragon out of colored paper, yarn, feathers, and . . . themselves! Soon they’re out the door, onto the playground, and into another world—the world of imagination. Becoming a magnificent dragon, the children dance over snowy mountains, through tall forests, and into whispery meadows, before returning to school for a wonderful birthday treat.

A perfect accompaniment to Chinese New Year celebrations, Dragon Dancing is both a treat for the eyes and the mind.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Readers familiar with The Squiggle (1996) and Someone Says (2003) will recognize this book’s ethnically diverse classroom and its spare but jubilant depictions of imaginative play. After their teacher reads a book about dragons, a group of children…go “dragon dancing” through a playground transformed into Asian-influenced landscapes…. [T]he bustling energy of preschoolers comes through with just as much affection, and the parading-dragon premise will be of particular use around celebrations of Chinese New Year.” —Booklist

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Inspired by a book about dragons, the children in the art room make decorations for Mei Lin's birthday. When she declares herself to be a "Birthday Dragon," the others add to her "ricky-rack backs," feathers, scales, until they form a "long dragon line" to go "stomp, bomp-tromping away" out the door on an imaginary trek. Over mountains, across seas, through forests, marshes, and meadows they go, until their teacher calls them back to reality and a "Birthday Dragon's SNACK!" The brief text on each double page includes sounds and vivid descriptions—"slip-sliding across foamy seas," "mish-mooshing along soft marshes,"— that are a pleasure to read aloud. The agitated lines and bits of splashy painted color used to depict the youngsters and the art-room dragon add to the pleasure and their obvious delight. The multiracial adventurers lead us across the pages in an atmosphere of swirls and symbols from pandas to bumblebees.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
A classroom story comes alive in the art room as children decorate dragons for Mei Lin's birthday. An excellent choice for storytime, the text features just a few lines per page and many fun sounds—from the Birthday Dragon's "boink-boink eyes" and "ricky-rack back" to the "stomp, bomp-tromping" of a dragon dancing parade that goes "creep-crouching through tall forests" on one page and "swirl-whirling around whispery meadows" on another. The color of the gouache-and-marker illustrations increases in brightness as the students transition gradually from the classroom into their imaginative fantasy. Line and space convey the celebratory movement of the parade as well as the more hushed wonder of the dreamlike journey. Repeating shapes and elements create rhythm and bring unity throughout the illustrations. Pleasing to the eye and the ear, this book is a satisfying introduction to the dragon of Chinese culture and may also inspire the creation of a few original "sparkly paper and ribbons" dragon crafts.
—Julie R. RanelliCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
In school, the teacher reads a book about dragons, and the students are enthralled. Later, in art, while making decorations for Mei Lin's birthday, Mei Lin announces that she is Birthday Dragon and places a crown of paper candles on her head. Her classmates excitedly join in, providing properly shaped ("boink-boink") eyes, a nose, a "ricky-rack" back, a tail, feathers, spangles and scales. Together, the children begin to dance, and lo and behold, the "sparkle-head" dragon is born. He frolics around the room and slips right out the door on a flight of fancy that leads the class through China-over mountaintops, across seas, through forests, along marshes, around meadows and under cherry-blossom trees. Until, that is, their teacher calls them back for a savory birthday snack. "Grr-umble-yumble-YUMMM!" The simple, imaginative text is replete with onomatopoeia, and colorful, flowing illustrations perfectly depict the adventurous multi-ethnic class on their exciting journey. A fun-filled tribute to the powers of cooperation and the imagination. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670060849
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Readers familiar with The Squiggle (1996) and Someone Says (2003) will recognize this book’s ethnically diverse classroom and its spare but jubilant depictions of imaginative play. After their teacher reads a book about dragons, a group of children…go “dragon dancing” through a playground transformed into Asian-influenced landscapes…. [T]he bustling energy of preschoolers comes through with just as much affection, and the parading-dragon premise will be of particular use around celebrations of Chinese New Year.” —Booklist

Meet the Author

Carole Lexa Schaefer and Pierr Morgan have collaborated on many books together, including Cool Time Song and Someone Says, a School LibraryJournal Best Book of the Year. They both live in Washington State.
Carole Lexa Schaefer and Pierr Morgan have collaborated on manybooks together, including Cool Time Song and Someone Says, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. They both live in Washington State.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We had the pleasure of meeting Pierr Morgan and she was so pleasant. She signed all my daughters books that are illustrated by her. She even personalized them.. Check out Snow Pumpkin and We are kids.