Dragon Tide

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A girl and a boy watch a stranger build a dragon in the sand. The dragon must wait for the night tide to set it free. But there is danger on the beach. As the sea crawls closer, other children come. They jump and play and the dragon begins to dissolve beneath their feet. The boy and the girl must keep the dragon safe until the sea can free him.
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Overview

A girl and a boy watch a stranger build a dragon in the sand. The dragon must wait for the night tide to set it free. But there is danger on the beach. As the sea crawls closer, other children come. They jump and play and the dragon begins to dissolve beneath their feet. The boy and the girl must keep the dragon safe until the sea can free him.
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"Lee's language is poetic and playful."

"An interesting and visually appealing book, suitable for sharing one-on-one."

CM Magazine
"An enjoyable book, well told and well illustrated. Something to read at bedtime: for happy dreams of dragons being brought to life."
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"Children who have visited the beach will enjoy this fanciful book."
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"...Lee's language is poetic and playful . . ."

"...an interesting and visually appealing book, suitable for sharing one-on-one."

CM Magazine
"...an enjoyable book, well told and well illustrated. Something to read at bedtime: for happy dreams of dragons being brought to life."
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One morning two children find a strange girl fashioning a dragon from the sand on the beach. Amazingly, an eye blinks at them; the shape breathes. As she forms the tail, it seems to twitch. The girl tells them that when the tide reaches it, the dragon will flow free. But that never happens because fearful people always crush it first. As other children arrive and jump on it, the dragon seems to crack apart and disappear. The children try to reshape it and stand guard, as the sun sets and the moon rises. Finally the tide approaches, and as they wish on the stars, the dragon slips away, spirals through space, and the children rejoice. The magic of this mysterious story begins with the blue-spangled-wild-red-blond haired girl depicted on the jacket liberating a tiny yellow dragon. Using acrylic, colored pencils, and airbrush, Meister depicts her efforts to sculpt the sand dragon as the fascinated children watch. More magic is contributed by two small snail- and dragon-like creatures who react with nonverbal gestures. The boy and the girl on the shore provide a contact with reality even as they play their role in the magic. Further interpretations are up to the imaginative reader. 2006, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551433523
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

I was born in East York in 1948, the daughter of a Canadian soldier and his Dutch war bride. I graduated from the University of Toronto and became a teacher of lots of things, but mostly of art and English. I guess I have taught thousands of Toronto's great kids over the years and they have taught me too.

As a child I read widely. I liked all sorts of fairy tales and animal stories by authors like the Brothers Grimm and Thornton Burgess. Maida's Little Shop by Inez Haynes Irwin was also a favourite.

I have two children, Katie and Mackenzie, who gave me ideas for stories while they were growing up. Kate had a little plastic guy and I wrote a set of books about this toy from two different perspectives. Sometimes I get ideas from things I do. I like to build sand sculptures on beaches and I wrote a picture book once about finding a dragon shape in the sand. Other ideas seem to fall into my lap when I'm busy with something else. If I don't commit those to paper right away, they vanish.

I'd like to do some art for one of my books. Sometimes when I can't sleep, I draw or paint a bit of a scene from one of my stories. Maybe I'll be brave enough to submit these to a publisher one day.

I still live in Toronto, in a little bungalow with lots of big maples and a skunk or two. Mackenzie is here with his dog, and my daughter Katie often comes to visit.

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It was early morning. A stranger knelt by the edge of the sea, scooping armfuls of dark wet sand into a pile. Every so often she leaned back and hunched her shoulders. It was hard work.

Soon the sun drew others to the beach. Two children ran past the girl, peppering her skin with sand. They cried out when the cold surf stung their feet.

The girl packed the sand down gently, leaving palm prints in the hill that rippled beneath her fingers. She cupped and coaxed the sand. Suddenly a sleepy eye stared back. When the children turned to look, it winked at them lazily.

They blinked.

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