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DRAGON DANCING by Carole Lexa Schaefer


by Carole Lexa Schaefer & illustrated by Pierr Morgan

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-670-06084-4
Publisher: Viking

In school, the teacher reads a book about dragons, and the students are enthralled. Later, in art, while making decorations for Mei Lin’s birthday, Mei Lin announces that she is Birthday Dragon and places a crown of paper candles on her head. Her classmates excitedly join in, providing properly shaped (“boink-boink”) eyes, a nose, a “ricky-rack” back, a tail, feathers, spangles and scales. Together, the children begin to dance, and lo and behold, the “sparkle-head” dragon is born. He frolics around the room and slips right out the door on a flight of fancy that leads the class through China—over mountaintops, across seas, through forests, along marshes, around meadows and under cherry-blossom trees. Until, that is, their teacher calls them back for a savory birthday snack. “Grr-umble-yumble-YUMMM!” The simple, imaginative text is replete with onomatopoeia, and colorful, flowing illustrations perfectly depict the adventurous multi-ethnic class on their exciting journey. A fun-filled tribute to the powers of cooperation and the imagination. (Picture book. 3-7)