Dragon's Hometown (hardcover) Trade Book

Written By Hongyou Dong
Illustrated by Hechen Yu
Critically Reviewed
A girl believes that the island in China where she was born is a magical place filled with dragons. She longs to go back for a visit. Her dream finally comes true when her family decides to return to celebrate the New Year. Will this “Little Dragon Girl” find the mysterious dragons she is looking for?
  1. Hardcover
    Price $15.95
SKU WW-NL5463
ISBN 9781478868033
Number Level 30
Letter Level N
SKU WW-NL5463
ISBN 9781478868033
Number Level 30
Letter Level N
Series Reycraft Books
Language English
BISAC Subject Headings Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Price $15.95
Author & Illustrator

Dong Hongyou

Dong Hongyou is the author of many books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, poems, essays, and documentary literature. He has won many awards for his work.

Hechen Yu

Hechen Yu is a Canada-based award-winning artist whose work is exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States, Canada, France, and Japan. He has illustrated dozens of children’s books.

Reviews

Some kids dream of dinosaurs, others of bulldozers or princesses. Little Dragon Girl, in love with her father’s stories about beautiful Chinese dragons, longs to see a real one. When her family travels from Los Angeles to Dragon Gate Island in China to visit her grandparents for the New Year’s Lantern Festival, she knows that this is her chance. The girl watches as Grandpa paints the costumes for the dragon dancers and Grandma makes hundreds of delicious tangyuan, dumplings stuffed with sweet fillings. But when will she see a dragon? Finally, on the night of the festival, Grandpa takes the children out on a nocturnal boat ride and together they experience a wondrous sight. A simple font is used for much of the first-person narration as the unnamed female narrator looks back on her childhood. Although the text is brief, the young girl recalls many details that made her visit to China memorable, special, and culturally specific. Celebratory or important sentences are highlighted in a colorful elegant font reminiscent of calligraphy. Painterly illustrations offset by ample white space convey the warmth of home and family through rich red, warm brown, and oceanic blue. The scenes, whether close-ups of family interactions or panoramic views of Dragon Gate Island, are awash with movement and aglow with light. VERDICT Created by a Chinese author and an Asian-Canadian illustrator, this #OwnVoices picture book is perfect for preschool storytime all year round. (December 1, 2019)

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