The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale Paperback – Jan 9 1999
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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.
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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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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.
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.
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