Jin Jin and Rain Wizard

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Following the success of her first book, Jin Jin the Dragon, Grace Chang's second story about her lovable little dragon Jin Jin introduces readers to yet another fascinating aspect of Chinese culture. At the end of the book, two additional pages describe the history of rice and the legend of Rain Wizard.

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Overview

Following the success of her first book, Jin Jin the Dragon, Grace Chang's second story about her lovable little dragon Jin Jin introduces readers to yet another fascinating aspect of Chinese culture. At the end of the book, two additional pages describe the history of rice and the legend of Rain Wizard.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Little Chinese dragon Jin Jin loves being able to breathe water—especially during his daily tai chi exercises when he can use his refreshing breath to cool down his friends. But after eating too much rice and wasting food at the rice festival, Jin Jin mysteriously loses his ability to breathe water—prompting his guardians Old Turtle and Crane to send him on a journey back in time to meet the wise Rain Wizard. What Jin Jin learns on his trip through ancient China opens his eyes not only to the importance of not being wasteful but also the vital power of rain. Written and drawn by brother-sister team Grace Chang and Chong Chang, Jin Jin and Rain Wizard can be enjoyed as a humorous fantasy, a morality tale about wastefulness, and even an early lesson about Chinese rice cuisine and mythology. Grace Chang includes an informative Afterwards about the history of rice and the legend of Rain Wizard that many readers will find just as fascinating (if not more so) than Jin Jin's story. A great story to share with children. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The comical character introduced in Jin Jin the Dragon (Enchanted Books, 2008) is back in a picture book that incorporates elements from Chinese folklore. Jin Jin has lost his ability to breathe out water and can't figure out why. Could it be a punishment for throwing away a small amount of unfinished rice at the rice festival the day before? His friend Old Turtle sends him back to ancient times to meet drought-stricken villagers unfamiliar with rice. Eager to help them, Jin Jin flies high in the sky to the palace of the Rain Wizard, who helps him end the drought, introduce rice culture, and regain his ability to exhale water. Inspired by the author's puppet performances, the story seems to lose energy in print. Bland pastel watercolors accurately depict Chinese architecture, objects, and food, but rely too heavily on cartoon caricature to portray nuanced characters. A few spreads are more cluttered than composed. Short essays on rice and the Rain Wizard expand the context for this original pourquoi tale. Purchase where the curriculum supports an extensive collection of Chinese stories.—Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
Kirkus Reviews
The expression "waste not, want not" receives an earnest explication in Jin Jin's second outing (Jin Jin the Dragon, 2007). When the little dragon finds himself unable to spout water, he travels through a magical pagoda to Ancient Times. After discovering that the people then are unfamiliar with rice and, moreover, that they are suffering from a drought, he journeys to the Rain Wizard, who teaches him that his condition stems from throwing away his uneaten rice. Chang's Uncle Wiggily-esque watercolors reveal the dragon's charming personality. Jin Jin's solid-gold scales and bright blue eyes exude a vibrant glow as he extends himself across each uncluttered spread, though the humans are represented in a much less lively fashion. Unnecessary details occasionally cause the story to stumble, and the cheery tone can feel forced: "This time he knew he would lick his rice bowl clean, polishing it to reflect his happy dragon face." Jin Jin's fans will be best served by this heartfelt effort. (author's notes) (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592700868
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 844,158
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Grace was born in Beijing into a family of famous entertainers. As a young girl, Grace learned magic from her grandfather in the courtyards of the Forbidden City. She also sat with her father as he wrote, while dreaming of becoming a writer herself one day. Today Grace is a multi-talented performer, illusionist, and storyteller. Chong Chang, Grace Chang's brother, has been drawing since the age of five. He graduated from Tiansen Art School and lives in China, where he works in graphic design. Because of the time difference between Brooklyn and China, Grace and Chong frequently exchange ideas in the middle of the night.
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