Hamlet, an intrepid little pig, decides to buy a kite -- not a little kite like his nervous friend Quince the porcupine...

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HAMLET AND THE ENORMOUS CHINESE DRAGON KITE

Hamlet, an intrepid little pig, decides to buy a kite -- not a little kite like his nervous friend Quince the porcupine suggests timidly, but a fierce, red, Chinese dragon kite. He buys the fearsome thing and heads for a field near his house, where the wind is nice and strong. Hamlet has glorious fun until a big gust of wind comes along. Hamlet won't let go of the kite, so he is yanked up into the air and has the ride of his life. But when an eagle thinks that a real dragon is kidnapping Hamlet, she and the other eagles rush to his defense, tearing the kite to pieces. The kite's string gets tangled in a tree on the descent, so Hamlet is saved from a crash landing. Later, ensconced in his favorite chair sipping cocoa, the irrepressible Hamlet starts dreaming up another great adventure. Bright and comical illustrations add to the pleasure of this cheerful story that celebrates the wild spirit of a spunky pig as well as the wisdom of his more conservative pal.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1994

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1994