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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Programs and Genres; Reprint edition (Jan. 14 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064435180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064435185
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"This Southern Chinese adaptation of a traditional Chinese tale gains notability through Yep's elegant, carefully crafted storytelling," said PW. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-5?Yep presents a polished, touching retelling of a story he calls "a Southern Chinese version of a traditional Chinese tale." When a poor farmer falls into the clutches of a dragon, he begs each of his seven daughters to save him from death by marrying the horrifying creature. At last, the youngest consents. The dragon carries Seven (the daughters are named in birth order, following Chinese tradition) to his home under the sea. Far from being frightened, Seven is full of wonder. When she tells the dragon, "The eye sees what it will, but the heart sees what it should," the monster turns into a handsome prince. They live happily until Seven longs to return home. There, her jealous third sister tries to drown her and takes her place as mistress of the dragon's palace. Then the Prince must go searching for his lost bride. Lavish, hyperrealistic paintings appear opposite each page of text, with two wordless double-page spreads interspersed. However, few of the paintings begin to capture the shivery wonder of the narrative. Most are too literal to illuminate the mood of the story, and leave little scope for the imagination. In the version included in Betsy Hearne's Beauties and Beasts (Oryx, 1993), the monster bridegroom is a snake. Here, the snake transforms itself into a dragon, increasing the excitement and danger. Still, Yep's version of this romantic adventure celebrates resilience and understanding.?Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on Sept. 28 1999
Format: Paperback
An excellent book on Chinese fairy tales about a Prince/Dragon and a poor, but skilled and beautiful peasant girl. It contains exquisite illustrations that captured my preschool and grade school daughters attention. I highly recommend this fantasy book for preschoolers, through grades three. The reading level and some content (reasoning) for older grades. Recommended for students, teachers, and parents.
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By SnowStar on June 1 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great story for children and grown-ups. Adults will enjoy reading this book to their children. A nice story from China.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Chinese fairy tale story. Sept. 28 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An excellent book on Chinese fairy tales about a Prince/Dragon and a poor, but skilled and beautiful peasant girl. It contains exquisite illustrations that captured my preschool and grade school daughters attention. I highly recommend this fantasy book for preschoolers, through grades three. The reading level and some content (reasoning) for older grades. Recommended for students, teachers, and parents.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Dragon Prince Review April 26 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is about a prince who can turn into animals and a farmer who had 7 daughters. The third sister is the evil and greedy one and the seventh sister the youngest daughter, was the prettiest. If it wasn't for her weaving fine shoes the family would have died. In the story the prince is trying to find a wife. So he searched everywhere for one.

If you like Beauty And The Beast you will like this book because this is the same only that it is the Chinese version. They also have the same theme which is don't judge a book by its cover. I know this is the message because in both stories they disguise themselves and they are really are princes

This is an awesome book. I recommend it to young readers for it has excitement, romance, adventure, and more. So pick it up at your local library or buy it at a book store. Hope you enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Chinese Version of Beauty and the Beast Sept. 15 2011
By Fairy Godmother's Bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this beautifully illustrated storybook, a simple Chinese farmer is suddenly grabbed by a terrifying dragon. In order to save his life, one of the man's seven daughters must agree to marry the creature. One by one, the daughters leave their father to his fate and hide in fear. Finally his youngest daughter, Seven, sets her father free by agreeing to be the dragon's bride. Of course, it turns out that there's more to the dragon than meets the eye; Seven ends up married to a handsome prince and living the good life in his magical kingdom beneath the sea. The storytelling gets a little clunky as Seven's jealous older sister tries to murder her and assume her identity, but overall the story is enjoyable and reminds readers that it's what's on the inside that really counts. My homeschooled sons and I read this as part of our unit on China; we also recommend The Weaving of a Dream (Picture Puffins), Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China, Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China, and The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale.
A unique version of a favorite Nov. 28 2010
By Deb Nam-Krane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The "Beauty and the Beast" story is an old one. It could be argued that Ovid's Cupid and Pysche is an early version of the story. A brave, intelligent, industrious heroine, a prince hiding his magical origins behind ugliness, and some redemption between not only the heroine and prince but also the outside world and the couple- that is here.

What makes this story different from the others is the inclusion of the old woman at the end. Many have remarked that many European and Asian heroines lack a mother figure, and that loss is perhaps part of the journey she needs to work through. Here, Seven is the industrious youngest daughter of a poor farmer on barren land. She is the only one who takes on nurturing, homebound roles of cooking and sewing. After she is taken by the prince in disguise and they are in the middle of happily ever after, she is betrayed not only by her sisters but also her father. But part of her redemption and even rescue comes from an old woman who nurses her back to health... much like a mother (or perhaps fairy godmother) would. And at the end, when Seven is reunited with her prince, the old woman comes with her! The real happy ending then may not be just that she will have the love of a prince but the care of a mother.

While I enjoyed the story, some of the pictures- photographs?- seemed too realistic for such a fantastical tale. Also, the perspective of the dragon flying through the sky was too off-center, and jarring. However, neither of these should detract from a child's enjoyment of the story.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
a great story June 1 2002
By SnowStar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great story for children and grown-ups. Adults will enjoy reading this book to their children. A nice story from China.


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