THE DRAGON LIKED SMOKED FISH by Jerzy Laskowsky

THE DRAGON LIKED SMOKED FISH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's refreshing to be presented with ""a story you never heard before,"" disappointing to discover that it's not very good. Yo Mun, father of Ming (f.) and Ting (m.) has no trouble finding customers for his smoked fish--even the dragon on the mountain enjoys the smell--until he catches cold and can't call out. On New Year's Eve, Ming suggests to Ting that they ask the Dragon to help their father. ""what does the Dragon care about the New Year,"" Ting replies (exactly echoing our thought). Of course the Dragon does care (even before he's promised some smoked fish) so he presents them with a brass gong (from his handy cave) and business booms; of course the children don't forget and the Dragon gets his reward. This has as much relation to China as chop suey does, and the illustrations are if anything more forced (as well as being Just plain unattractive).

Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 1967
Publisher: Seabury