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Dragon Dancing

by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Illustrated by Pierr Morgan

Published by Viking, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 0-670-06084-4

Ages 3-6

Storytime and a birthday celebration inspire creative expression and imaginative play for a group of children in Carole Lexa Schaefer’s merry picture book. After their teacher reads a book about dragons, Mei Lin and her classmates decorate for her birthday celebration. Mei Lin turns herself into a birthday dragon, and soon everyone has something to contribute to the costume: “boink-boink” eyes from Willy, a “ricky-rack” back from Emma, feathers, spangles, scales, and more. Soon Mei-Lin is leading everyone in a dragon dance, “stomp, bomp-tromping away . . . out the whish-whoosh doors . . . creep-crouching through tall forests . . . swirl-whirling around whispery meadows . . .” Schaefer uses alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythmic variation to create a delightful and satisfying story about a diverse and dynamic group of young children who travel far and wide across the landscape of their collective imagination. Honor Book, 2008 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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