The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon

by Susan Miho Nunes, Chris K. Soentpiet
     
 

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Unhappy about having to spend the summer with his great aunt in Chinatown, Peter discovers a sense of satisfaction in repairing the old ten-man dragon he finds in a shop window, with the help of his new friends. "The well-written text, as substantial as the artwork in specific and authentic detail, draws readers into Peter's new world. A welcome story about…  See more details below

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Unhappy about having to spend the summer with his great aunt in Chinatown, Peter discovers a sense of satisfaction in repairing the old ten-man dragon he finds in a shop window, with the help of his new friends. "The well-written text, as substantial as the artwork in specific and authentic detail, draws readers into Peter's new world. A welcome story about contemporary Chinese American life." -- School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Peter Chang is filled with dread, he has to spend the summer with his dour Great Aunt in Chinatown. Then he discovers a dilapidated dragon in a shop and asks his Great Aunt to buy it with a promise that he will clean it up. So begins Peter's adventures in Chinatown where he enlists the help of residents and trades his services running errands to restore the ten-man dragon to its former splendor. The story ends with Peter and his new friends enjoying a farewell dinner that is interrupted by the "last dragon" parading through the crowded restaurant and out into the streets.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Peter Chang learns much about culture and community when he barters his skills with people in Chinatown who help him refurbish the last dragon.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-When Peter Chang's parents send him to Chinatown for the summer to stay with his great aunt, he feels alienated and homesick-until he discovers a worn-out dragon, large enough for 10 men to carry, crammed in a shop window. His aunt reluctantly agrees to let him take it home, and he embarks on a summer-long quest to restore the wrecked bundle of silk and wood to its former glory. He involves many others in the project: the tailor, Great Aunt's mahjongg friends, the kitemaker, the herbalist, an artist, and, at last, the Buddhist priest, all of whom are touched by Peter's determination. Watercolor paintings, reminiscent of Ted Lewin's work, lovingly depict in glorious and enticing detail a close-knit Cantonese community in an unnamed big-city Chinatown. Expressions and gestures vividly convey each character's emotion as Peter wins the adults over to his cause. His anxiety and joy, along with the affection and excitement of his elders as the dragon comes to life, light up the book. The well-written text, as substantial as the artwork in specific and authentic detail, draws readers into Peter's new world. A welcome story about contemporary Chinese American life.-Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
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"The well-written text, as substantial as the artwork in specific and authentic detail, draws readers into Peter's new world. A welcome story about contemporary Chinese American life." School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395845172
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
743,904
Product dimensions:
10.31(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Chris K. Soentpiet was born in Seoul, Korea. When he was eight, he and his older sister were adopted by an American family and moved to Hawaii, then later to Portland, Oregon. He received a B.F.A. in illustration from Pratt Institute. Mr. Soentpiet lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife.

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