Dragon Dancing

Dragon Dancing In this preschool picture book young children show us the wonder and fun of learning After reading a book about dragons with their teacher these inventive preschoolers decide to make their own drago

  • Title: Dragon Dancing
  • Author: Carole Lexa Schaefer Pierr Morgan
  • ISBN: 9780670060849
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this preschool picture book, young children show us the wonder and fun of learning After reading a book about dragons with their teacher, these inventive preschoolers decide to make their own dragon out of colored paper, yarn, feathers, and themselves Soon they re out the door, onto the playground, and into another world the world of imagination Becoming a magnIn this preschool picture book, young children show us the wonder and fun of learning After reading a book about dragons with their teacher, these inventive preschoolers decide to make their own dragon out of colored paper, yarn, feathers, and themselves Soon they re out the door, onto the playground, and into another world the world of imagination Becoming a magnificent dragon, the children dance over snowy mountains, through tall forests, and into whispery meadows, before returning to school for a wonderful birthday treat A perfect accompaniment to Chinese New Year celebrations, Dragon Dancing is both a treat for the eyes and the mind.

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    1. The best thing about dragons is nobody can tell you you're making them look wrong.It's cute. There's a class full of young children, possibly kindergarten age, and they're playing with paper. It's Mei Lin's birthday, and they make crafts and take some string and construction paper and feathers and things and they make a dragon. Then they all go out and have a dragon dance, and then they come back for the snack. The end.It's just little kids playing together. Their dragon is inspired by the Chine [...]

    2. In this preschool picture book, young children show us the wonder and fun of learning. After reading a book about dragons with their teacher, these inventive preschoolers decide to make their own dragon out of colored paper, yarn, feathers, and . . . themselves! Soon they're out the door, onto the playground, and into another world--the world of imagination. Becoming a magnificent dragon, the children dance over snowy mountains, through tall forests, and into whispery meadows, before returning t [...]

    3. It’s Mei Lin’s birthday at school. After the teacher reads a book about dragons, the students head to the art room to make decorations for the birthday celebration. Mei Lin shouts, “Look at me! I’m Birthday Dragon!” Each child contributes an element to the dragon, “boink-boink eyes,” “a dragon-fire nose,” “a long, long, long tail.” Then the dragon comes to life as the children step inside the costume and go “stomp, bomp-tromping away” to outdoor recess. In a fantasy seq [...]

    4. Goin' on a treasure hunt, gonna find a big one -- I'm not afraid, are you? If time permits, read through the book once and then invite everyone to "pretend" to be dragons and follow the prompts in the story. Whish-whoosh through the doors.Zig-zag over snowy mountaintops.Slip-slide across foamy seas.Creep-crouch through tall bamboo forests.Mish-moosh along soft marshes.Swirl-whirl around whispery meadows.La-dee-dawdle under sweet cherry blossom trees.Stomp, tromp, der-bomp back to your realm.Grr- [...]

    5. Not sure about this one. I really like Asian inspired stories and learning about the culture. This one talks about dragons with Asian/Chinese New Year context but no explanation. It is up to the reader to ask questions and the adult to provide context if needed. I've noticed lots of people get uncomfortable about "what's of interest to children/people" as if it is a given that when your experience is different you have no interest in other experiences. Seems to me adults should be using more of [...]

    6. This week is "orange cover week" at our house, so we checked out this book. This book is not at all what I expected. I expected a dragon -- dancing, which would have been awesome. Instead, I ended up with a multicultural tale, which was still pretty great. My five-year-old son started Kindergarten this week. He gave names to all the kids around the illustrated table to match the names of the kids around his table. So, I did like the multicultural aspect of this story, but I loved the onomatopoei [...]

    7. It's Mei Lin's birthday so her classmates get together to make a big Chinese dragon to celebrate. Busy colorful illustrations and descriptive sounds show the students leaving the school and heading on a imaginary journey over snowy mountains, across foamy seas, through tall forests, marshes, under cheery trees and until they hear their teacher calling them back to school.

    8. Fabulous writing -- its alliterative text perfectly captures preschooler-speak (dragons have "boink-boink eyes" and a "ricky-rack back") while reveling in teh joys of creative play. A perfect read-aloud for storytime.

    9. Great book for exercising imagination as we follow a dragon on his adventure through different scenes. What I didn't like was the lack of story and a missed opportunity to capture the the cultural significance of the dragon (even in the most basic way).

    10. This is a fun book about a classroom of students learning about Chinese new year and about dancing dragons. The students then create their own dragon and use their imagination to go to a different world where they are dancing in the forest. It's a fun story and educational story. Grades k-2

    11. Nice book about how a group of children created their own dragon dance to celebrate another students birthday.

    12. A short story featuring an imaginary Chinese Dragon created by young children. Good length for story time.

    13. Love the title, not sure the narrative lived all the way up to it. Whimsical, fun illustrations. --Laurie

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