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A time of golden dragons
Zhang, Song Nan, 1942-
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Tundra Books ; Plattsburgh, N.Y. : Tundra Books of Northern New York, [2000]

Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 6.6 0.5 51873.
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GR830.D7 Z45 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GR830.D7 Z45 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Through the ages, the dragon has been an important symbol for the Chinese. A time of Golden Dragons is the most auspicious possible. In fascinating text and beautiful paintings, Song Nan and Hao Yu Zhang trace the dragon¿s history. Perhaps inspired by giant crocodiles, the image of the dragon affects every aspect of life in China, including the marking of dragon years, the flying of dragon kites, and the eating of dragon cakes at dragon boat races. A splendid introduction to the richness of Chinese culture, this is a book to cherish this special year and for years to come.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. At the time when Western calendars mark the millennium, many Chinese recognize the "Time of the Golden Dragon." The Chinese 12-year zodiac, symbolized by animals such as the rat and the dragon, has become popular in the U.S., especially at the Chinese New Year. A less familiar cycle, approximately two years in length, moves through the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal (gold), and water. So a particular time is not only the Year of the Dragon, but also that of metal or gold, hence the "Time of the Golden Dragon." This picture book for older children offers facts about dragon origins, dragon boat races, dragon homes, and other enticing dragon tidbits as it introduces the mythical creature as viewed through Asian cultures. Intricately detailed illustrations invite readers to linger and study each page. With neither table of contents nor index, this inviting potpourri is best suited for browsers and avid dragon fans. --Linda Perkins

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-6-Each double-page spread treats a different aspect of dragon lore in clear, accessible prose, using Song Nan Zhang's realistic paintings, steeped in Chinese art, to complete the explanations. Like other ancient peoples, the early Chinese gave animal names to cycles that marked the passage of time: hours of the day, phases of the moon, and cycles of seasons. Perhaps inspired by prehistoric giant crocodiles, they included the mythic dragon among the real animals. In handsome, oversized page layouts, the Zhangs trace the depiction of dragons in Chinese art over 5000 years, compare Eastern and Western images of dragons, and connect these creatures to the Chinese emperors. They describe language, literature, and customs, old and new, concerning dragons and show how animals mark the passage of time. Finally, they explain why 2000 is a very special Dragon Year. Twelve-year-olds, born in the last Year of the Dragon, may find this book intriguing, as will anyone else wishing for solid, accessible, authentic background on the mythical creatures that symbolize China.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.