Kite Flying

Kite Flying

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by Grace Lin
     
 

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The family from Dim Sum for Everyone! is back for a new outing– building and flying their own kite!
The wind is blowing. It is a good day for kites! The whole family makes a trip to the local craft store for paper, glue, and paint. Everyone has a job: Ma-Ma joins sticks together. Ba-Ba glues paper. Mei-Mei cuts whiskers while Jie-Jie paints a laughing…  See more details below

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The family from Dim Sum for Everyone! is back for a new outing– building and flying their own kite!
The wind is blowing. It is a good day for kites! The whole family makes a trip to the local craft store for paper, glue, and paint. Everyone has a job: Ma-Ma joins sticks together. Ba-Ba glues paper. Mei-Mei cuts whiskers while Jie-Jie paints a laughing mouth. Dragon eyes are added and then everyone attaches the final touch . . . a noisemaker! Now their dragon kite is ready to fly.
Kite Flying celebrates the Chinese tradition of kite making and kite flying and lovingly depicts a family bonded by this ancient and modern pleasure.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A young girl describes very simply, in just a few words, how her family builds a dragon kite together. They paint and decorate it, then take it out to talk to the wind. The front end-papers depict the materials used, while the back papers present ten very attractive animal-shaped kites. Beginning with the title page, the double pages show the family in action in a flat, decorative style that emphasizes the patterns on the clothes, wall paper, and kite, designed to show the unity of the family as they work together. There are added notes on kite-flying in history and today. 2002, A Borzoi Book/Alfred A. Knopf/Random House,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The parents and three daughters who were introduced in Dim Sum for Everyone! (Knopf, 2001) return this time to shop for supplies and make a dragon kite, which they fly on a windy day. The brief sentence on every spread describes what each family member is doing: "Ba-Ba glues the paper." "Mei-Mei cuts whiskers." Young Mei-Mei's protruding tongue is evidence of her complete absorption in and enjoyment of her task. Patterns in the wallpaper and floor that form the background for the brilliantly colored, flat paintings of family members add visual interest. More patterns appear on Chinese-style jackets and slippers and on the bright-red dragon as well. Lin's signature swirls in the sky along with diagonals of kite string, grassy hill, and kite ribbons; and blowing hair, clothing, and leaves combine to suggest the ideal blustery day for this activity. Front endpapers contain supplies needed to build a kite while the back pages depict different kite creatures and the attributes they symbolize. An author's note offers a brief history of kite flying. Demi's Kites: Magic Wishes That Fly up to the Sky (Knopf, 2000) provides even more information about Chinese kites and their meanings.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A windy day offers the family from Dim Sum for Everyone! (2002) the perfect opportunity to build and fly a kite. Beginning from raw materials, each member takes part in the creation of the flying paper dragon. "Ma-Ma joins sticks together. Ba-Ba glues the paper." The children take turns cutting the whiskers, painting a mouth, and adding colorful eyes. Finally the family attaches a noisemaker and some string. Heading out to a windy field, they send the dragon into the air, watching as it dances across the sky, joining dozens of other kites in flight. Painted illustrations that seem to be cut from brightly colored origami paper fill each page. The bold artwork and simple text with the obvious accompanying activity will interest young readers as they are introduced to this wonderful Chinese tradition. An author's note following the text summarizes the history and significance of kite-flying in the Chinese culture. Endpapers feature illustrations of the materials needed for building a kite and the symbolic meaning of some kite shapes. As cheerful as a breezy summer day. (Picture book. 2-5)
From the Publisher
“A delightful read-aloud.”–Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“Lin’s paintings are graphically striking . . . a delight of patterning.”–Booklist, Starred

“Lin’s signature swirls in the sky along with blowing hair, clothing and kite ribbons suggest the ideal blustery day.”—School Library Journal, Starred

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385377249
Publisher:
Random House Childrens Books
Publication date:
06/26/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
14 MB
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From the Publisher
“A delightful read-aloud.”–Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“Lin’s paintings are graphically striking . . . a delight of patterning.”–Booklist, Starred

“Lin’s signature swirls in the sky along with blowing hair, clothing and kite ribbons suggest the ideal blustery day.”—School Library Journal, Starred

Meet the Author

Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of a number of books for young children.

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Kite Flying 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of Grace Lin's books and this one is no exception. Well done, Grace Lin!