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Summary: Seven Chinese Sisters lived together, and each had a very special talent. No one had yet discovered Seventh Sister's talents, because she had never said a word. When a hungry dragon snatched her away, she said her first word: help. Would the talents of all of the sisters to save Seventh Sister from the dragon and get back home again? This story of seven sisters has all the fun of a fairy tale.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 4
Age of Child: Started reading with nearly 7-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter liked this book, and it didn't take too many readings before we could engage her in helping us tell the story.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is fun to read. At first glance it seems like each sister's talent is too unique, but the author does a fabulous job bringing them altogether. The illustrations are expressive and instantly minimize the fear factor of a kidnapped child.
Pros: Everyone can enjoy this lighthearted story about teamwork, family, and problem solving.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice story, but is likely to be one your child will outgrow in search of more sophisticated tales.
Educational Themes: This book is based on a Chinese folktale, so you can use this to contrast/compare the original story. Within this story, there is plenty to share: teamwork, individual talent, and creative problem solving. If you want to get serious (or if you have a child who picks up on the kidnapping theme), you can talk about personal safety.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.8
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fables and folklore, multicultural