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How to Catch a Dragon

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I was going to hold this off until next year at New Years, but I needed some 2019 books for this month, so I’m using it. How to Catch a Dragon is a story about s young boy and his friends trying to catch a dragon for good fortune. With bright colors and textured details, this picture book will keep little listeners occupied with its busy illustrations.

The illustrations were colourful and great the way the dragon always evaded them, always just out of frame. My favorite part, however, was the inclusion of Mandarin translated words both throughout the book and in the back. Parents will certainly chuckle along with this one, but kindergarten teachers’ stomach muscles will ache: “[G]ravity works differently here. Sure there are some different nationalities, but when you walk down a street in China, even in Hong Kong, it really is very Chinese, so to see the wide-variety of nationalities; it just seemed off for the story. This one definitely stands out for focusing on the dragon and the multicultural group of kids celebrating (makes me wonder if it is supposed to be in Hong Kong or Singapore).When she's not writing, Caryl can be found at her local gym, hiking in the hills of the Peak District with her dog, or drinking tea in a nearby cafe. And perhaps I'm being a bit harsh, but I'm kind of baffled as to why a white kid needs to be involved in a book that's portraying a story about a cultural tradition of China. He has illustrated several New York Times, USA Today, and Barnes and Noble bestselling titles, and can't think of a better job to have than being paid to doodle stuff all day long! Set in China during the Spring Festival, otherwise known as Chinese New Year, the wily dragon will have to avoid trap after trap as the kids run through paper lanterns, red envelopes, fireworks, and more! The Girl who Planted Trees won Teach Early Years Best Picture Book Award, 2022 and was chosen as one of the best books of 2022 by the U.

Coming up with elaborate ways to capture something is an idea that all kids will think about and be interested in. With that said, I did really enjoy most of the artwork and though the meter of the poetry is way off, it didn't bother me so much that it took too much away from the story. After hearing Mom wish for a dragon to bring health and fortune for the new year, a boy (presumably Chinese) and several friends (of varying racial presentations) discover a dragon lurking about town. As an educator, I would love to know the translations for this text as it would add to the educational value. In addition, the artwork is very colorful, and works well with the Chinese culture that the story is representing.How to Catch a Dragon opens with a boy, his mother, and his grandmother preparing for Chinese New Year.

I was given an advance copy through NetGalley in a document form and did have some issues viewing the text but the overall effect of the story was very enjoyable, I know that there is a Mandarin translation in the back of the book but had a hard time navigating through this section. It has been written to meet the Year 1 expected standard and comes with a handy annotated version detailing the text-type specific features (red), grammar (green), punctuation (purple) and spelling (blue) teaching opportunities should you wish to use this text with your learners.Harmless, but if there is a parable hidden in the dragon-taco tale, it is hidden in the unlit deep, and as a measure of lunacy, bridled or unbridled, it doesn’t make the leap into the outer reaches of imagination. He spends his non-writing time thinking about writing and going to as many live music shows as he can. There are How to Catch books and How to Draw books, including a BRAND NEW Draw Underwater Animals Book!

This fun book will take you on a chase through a beautifully illustrated cultural holiday, leaving hints of popular traditions and decorations as the group of diverse friends follow a long red dragon tail through town, attempting to catch it at every turn. The simple and often awkward rhyming quatrains leave no room for deeper insights into Chinese culture, but each stanza does include one or two highlighted words whose Chinese translation can then be found within the illustration.

Adam Wallace’s colorful children book, How to Catch a Dragon, easily explains the traditions of the Chinese New Years to anyone unfamiliar with the culture. Her best-selling Princess series and Albie series have each sold over a quarter of a million copies and her books are published in numerous languages all over the world. I really enjoyed this one in particular because it talks about the Chinese New Year, as well as the Chinese culture in general. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My daughter loves these "How to Catch a…" books, but I find it rather annoying based on the titles that one never actually catches these creatures.

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