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D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet (Discover the World) Hardcover – August 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Series: Discover the World
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; first edition edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585362735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585362738
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–4—A fascinating glimpse into Chinese culture. Two rhyming sentences for each letter of the alphabet highlight people, places, and things commonly associated with the country, including the Great Wall, pandas, Chinese New Year, kites, and the Himalayan Mountains. Both the illustrated rhymes and the expository sidebars feature information about calligraphy, inventions, the importance of the color yellow, wheelbarrows, dough figurines, jasmine tea, an instrument called an ehru, and more. The couplets, chalk-pastel illustrations, and additional facts together create a comprehensive, nonlinear overview from geography and history to art and science. Although the meter of the text and the detailed pictures may not work for a group read-aloud, the title still has broad appeal. The alphabet portion could be shared one-on-one with younger students, while the additional facts keep the book relevant for independent readers and researchers. The wealth of information and the richness of the realistic drawings allow readers to savor a few letters at a time or to pore over the entire work again and again.—Julie R. Ranelli, Kent Island Branch Library, Stevensville, MD
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About the Author

Carol Crane has written 14 books for Sleeping Bear Press, including the best-selling P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet. As a children's literature advocate, Carol travels across the country, speaking at schools and many conferences. She makes her home in North Carolina.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By KSL on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have about 3 or 4 of these Chinese Alphabet books and this book is a definately up there as an awesome book about China A through Z with lots of interesting facts that some books do not have. I actually learned several new facts that I had not know prior. The way this book was done allows for the book to grow with your child as they grow. There is a picture representing the letter which I believe is done in oil paint and a few sentences of information. Then if you look to the left hand side of the page there is much more detailed information.

Here is a break down of each letter. I hope this is helpful to you.

A - Acrobats ( showing Lion dancers)

B - Bejing ( shows the Forbidden City, Summer Palace)

C - Chopsticks

D - Dragon Dance

E - Ehru pronounced Ay-roo ( an old musical instrument that only has 2 strings) this page also talks about the Chinese instruments.

F- " Four Treasures of Study - brush, ink, paper and ink stone used for Calligraphy which is a must for every child to begin to learn since the Chinese language has no alphabet but characters that are for each word.

G - Great Wall

H - Himalayan Mountain range & Mount Everest

I- Inventions - paper printing, compass, abacus, wheelbarrow & fireworks

J - Jasmine Flower

K - Kites & dough

L - Lanterns ( also talks about the fifteenth day of the Spring festival marking the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations which is the Lantern Festival.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on October 1, 2008
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I like the Sleeping Bear press alphabet series and this one is another good entry. China is covered by using dragons, Beijing, the forbidden city, acrobats and other familiar subjects. It is very nice. You can read the poetry to children and read more thorough information on side. It seems pretty accurate and the pictures are very engaging and beautiful.
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By Sarah on November 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book in preparation for a trip my family took to China, the illustrations are gorgeous! It's a fun book for many ages and has nice informational passages as well.
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Format: Paperback
Don't let the title fool you. D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet is not a baby book to learn the ABCs. Each layout features a letter and something for that letter related to China or Chinese culture that aren't all the easy, typical topics (e.g., B is for Beijing, E is for Ehru, O is for opera, Q is for Qin terra cotta warriors, S is for silk road...). Text is in a small font and fairly wordy (but really interesting!), targeting more the older elementary set or even early middle school if they are doing research and can get past reading a book that has "alphabet" in the title. Illustrated by a native of Shanxi Province, the pictures are really interesting and inviting.

If you want to read my reviews of 35 different kids books having to do with China, visit my 7/2/2012 post on myoverthinking(dot)com
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