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Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors

by Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by Grace Lin

Published by Chronicle, 2001
32 pages
ISBN: 0-8118-3177-9

Ages 3 - 5

As with their earlier Round Is a Mooncake (Chronicle, 2000), Roseanne Thong and Grace Lin have teamed to create a bicultural concept book -- this one about color. The young child narrator finds examples of things that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and brown in objects unique to her Chinese heritage, as well as in items that all children will know. ("Red are melons / cool and sweet / Red are lychees / a summer treat") Lin's bright gouache illustrations provide the backdrop for Thong's rhyming text, and a glossary provides definitions of those things that are distinctly Chinese in the narrative. CCBC categories: Concept Books; Contemporary People, Places, and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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