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Kites : magic wishes that fly up to the sky
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Reading Level:
AD 620 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.7 0.5 46143.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 2 Quiz: 23807 Guided reading level: P.

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Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library TL759.5 .D46 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Audubon Library TL759.5 .D46 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Offers the Chinese history of the kite, explains the significance of different kinds of kite symbols, provides information about kite festivals, and includes directions for making a kite.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. A mixture of legend and practical information, Demi's latest looks at kites from many different angles. She begins with the story of a Chinese woman who goes to a painter of holy pictures and asks him to make a kite in the form of a dragon, strong, rich, and powerful; soon having offerings and wishes made on kites becomes a common practice. The next several spreads display kites executed in Demi's distinctive style: diminutive, dramatically colored, and intricately detailed. There are delicate kites in the shapes of insects and butterflies, water creatures, and a whole array of animals, from fierce tigers to funny monkeys. There are also kites in the shapes of stately gods and goddesses and several incarnations of the Buddha. Demi then makes something of an abrupt turn as she goes on to discuss the various holidays associated with kites. A detailed account of how to construct a kite is a fitting conclusion to a book that will make children want to go fly a kite. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5A picture book that combines a story with information. In long-ago China, a woman commissioned an artist to paint a special dragon kite for her son. It was her hope that this creature representing wealth, wisdom, power and nobility would be seen by the gods in heaven and assist the boy in growing up to be big and strong. Word of the artists talent traveled, and he was soon asked to create a wide variety of flyers for other villagers. The small, intricate, colorful kites illustrated in Demis signature style and set against blues and greens are lovely to look at and will encourage readers to appreciate their beauty. Captions offer brief explanations of the different emblematic figures, creatures, and symbols, e.g., a crane denotes nobility and honesty and a cricket brings music and song. There is also mention of a Chinese festival devoted to kites, as well as detailed instructions for making a kite. The factual information, although clear, is sparse, making this title better suited to picture-book collections than the nonfiction shelves.DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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