THE DRAGON PRINCE by Laurence Yep

THE DRAGON PRINCE

A Chinese Beauty and the Beast Tale
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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The subtitle says all: A dragon ambushes a poor farmer and promises to eat the unfortunate man unless one of the farmer's seven daughters marries him. Six daughters run away in fear, but Seven can't bear to see her father suffer and consents to marry the dragon. Seven is not afraid of the dragon; she finds him beautiful and tells him so. At that the dragon transforms into a handsome prince and the two are very happy together until Seven begins to grow homesick. During a visit to her family, her real troubles begin--one of her sisters is jealous of Seven's match. She gets rid of Seven and returns to the prince in her sister's place, but the prince's heart is not fooled. Yep tells the tale with colorful descriptions and repeated refrains, while Mak's splendid, realistic paintings, in dark jewel tones bordered with white, extend the text elegantly--the scene of the dragon flying over Chinese tile roofs is especially beautiful. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1997
ISBN: 0-06-024381-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1997




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