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Author: Grace Lin

Illustrator: Grace Lin

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Every day, Minli worked in the fields alongside her parents. In the shadow of Fruitless Mountain, work was hard and riches few. Each evening, Minli begged her father to tell her about the Jade Dragon. Her mother didn't like the stories, as they only added to the meagerness of their lives. But Minli believed in Jade Dragon and journeyed to find the Old Man of the Moon whom Ba told her could change their fortune. This is a story about family that weaves in classic and modern fairy tale themes.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 8 and Up

Reading Level: 5.5

Young Reader Reaction: Teen review needed.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a lovely story that immerses you in Chinese culture and tradition. The magical tales are timeless and universal, yet the author brings them into reach so the reader feels they are part of the story, too. I love how the book fits in your hand, too.

Pros: Beautiful, illustrative language will engage listeners not ready to read this independently; and a fast-paced story with timeless themes will grab readers of all ages.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a beautiful book that you'll want to have to share with your grandchildren.

If You Liked This Book, Try: DRAGON WISHES   THE SONGWEAVERS (The Notherland Journeys)   TWENTY GOLD FALCONS

Educational Themes: This is enjoyable just as a fun book to read. The family theme is both universal and unique to Chinese culture. The same can also be said for some of the fairy tales woven into the story.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. This is a book from her personal library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fables and folklore, family, fairy tale, multicultural, middle grade series, dragons

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2011

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