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Dragon Dancer

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The pulsing vibrations of the approaching beasts moved the air; the earth shook with the coming storm of bodies. Absolutely beautiful illustrations that make the text come to life just like Yao wakes Shen Long to dance. The patterns and tricks that are performed generally involve running into spiraled formations to make the dragon body turn and twist on itself. In the modern era, the government of People's Republic of China adapted and promoted various traditional folk dances, [18] which contributed to the popularity of the current form of the dragon dance now found widely in China as well as Chinese communities around the world. The dragon moves in a wave-like pattern achieved by the co-ordinated swinging of each section in succession.

Sometimes you get art that doesn't match cultural stories because the artist isn't as deeply acquainted with the story. Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan - October 10, 2017: School students perform dragon dance at the 106th Double Tenth National Day ceremony in Yokohama Chinatown. The dance was originally performed by Chinese residents who settled in Nagasaki, the only port said to be open for foreign trade in Japan during the Edo period. To be very successful in the dance, the head of the Dragon must be able to coordinate with the body movement to match the timing of the drum.Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VA, for School Library Journal ‘This is a book that celebrates the power of the imagination and the traditions of another culture.

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The illustrations waft darkly across the page, never revealing the whole picture but disclosing more the longer you look. This book would be an excellent read aloud for 1st to 4th grade students who are learning about Chinese New Year. Having Shen Long be a main character with a voice truly engages the reader in the story and allows you to experience Yao's perspective.

The story mirrors the dragon dance itself, beginning quietly, building into a wild swirl of color and noise, and then settling down after its purpose is done.Inside is a charming, relief image also by Anne and the card is left blank for the sender's own message. At the back of the book is a note from the author with more information about Chinese New Year and dragon dances. Joyce Chng is also one of the editors of a unique collection of stories, titled 'The Sea Is Ours - Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia' (edited by Jaimee Goh and Joyce Chng). Children of the Nile 1 Clever Little Tailor (The) Clever Little Witch (The) Clever Masha Clever Mouse (The) Clock Struck Twelve (The) Clown Clue of the Black Cat (The) Cock with the Crimson Comb (The) Cock-the-Roach Coco Chanel Code Name: Butterfly Coffee Rabbit Snowdrop Lost Collector of Moments Color of the Night (The) Colouring Book (The) Comet in Moominland Coming and Going Companions of Fortune Corbelle and Corbillo Cornelia and the Jungle Machine Cornelli Her Childhood Cosies on the Flying Spoon Cottage in the Steppe (The) Count on Me Countryside Game (The) Courageous Heart (The) Cow Belle Beauty Queen Crane (The) Crazy Creaturepedia Cricket and the Mole (The) Crictor Crocodile Gene and his Friends Crocodile Man Crow-Girl (The): Children of Crow Cove Crutches Cry, Heart, But Never Break Culotte the Donkey Curious Fish (The) Dad with 10 Children (The) Daddies Daisy the Hungry Duck Dali and the Path of Dreams Damned Strong Love Dance of the Assassins Dance of the Eagle and the Fish (The) Dancing Bear Dancing on the Bridge of Avignon Dancing Perch Dandelion's Dream Dangerous Journey (The) Dangerous Journey (The) Daniel and Ismail Daniel Half Human Danny Goes Skating Dark Hours Daughter of the Moon and the Son of the Sun David and Dorothea David's Story Day Adam Got Mad (The) Day Mother had a Face Like a Teapot (The) Day No One Was Angry (The) Day Saida Arrived (The) Dear Grandma Bunny Dearest Boy in all the World (The) Declaration of the Rights of Girls and Boys Departure Time Design Detective Gordon: A Case for Buffy Detective Gordon: A Case In Any Case Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case Detective Gordon: The First Case Detective Nosegoode and the Kidnappers (Book 2) Detective Nosegoode and the Museum Robbery (Book 3) Detective Nosegoode and the Music Box Mystery (Book 1) Detectives in Togas Devil's Tango Different: A Story of the Spanish Civil War Dikou and the Mysterious Moon Sheep Dinosaurs Galore Dinosaurs? Jackie Morris’s lyrical descriptions imagine each child’s relationship with their own dragon, and the reader is invited to imagine their dragon, too, at the end of the book.

If I was reading this book to a class, I would give students some of the background information found in the author's notes at the back of the book to help kids understand the reason for the dragon dancing at the Chinese New Year. We appreciated learning about the Lantern Festival and its history through this beautifully crafted tale. From the moment Shen Long opens his eyes and unfurls his siver-blue tail, Yao will become immersed in his dragon dance as he does battle with the bad luck of the previous year and ushers in good luck for the new one. A beautifully illustrated story that celebrates the emergence of a young Dragon Dancer during The chinese Lunar New Year. In competition performances however, there are strict rules governing the specifications of the dragon body and the routine performed, and so dragons made for these events and what are mostly seen in the impressive stage shows are made for speed and agility, to be used by the performing team for maximum trick difficulty.The prose is so wonderful, reading aloud transforms the room you're in and takes you to a magical place.

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