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Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West Hardcover – September 12, 2002


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From Publishers Weekly

With a foreword by Jane Yolen, Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West, ed. by Marianne Carus, illus. by Nilesh Mistry, brings together 15 serpent stories set in, among other places, England's Nottingham Forest, the waters surrounding Korea and a seaside village in Japan. Contributors include Patricia MacLachlan, Eric A. Kimmel and E. Nesbit; most of the stories were previously published, the majority of them in Cricket magazine.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 3-6-Fifteen stories about the ever-popular legendary creatures, many written by well-known and prolific authors such as Jane Yolen and Patricia MacLachlan. Readers will find many traditional folkloric themes involving loyalty, tests, and riddles. They'll also find some strong female characters, like the title character in Joan Hiatt Harlow's "Si-Ling and the Dragon," who overcomes the elders' view that girls aren't fit to rule a kingdom. A few stories are comic, like Teresa Bateman's short tale about waiting for a white knight-but is it really a princess who's waiting? And to do what? All of the stories were first published in Cricket, with the exception of E. Nesbit's delightful "The Last of the Dragons," which is the oldest (and freshest) of the bunch. A few of the selections are based on folktales, and Hildi Kang's retelling of "The Black Dragon Princess" seems to be based on historical fact, but there are no source notes. Overall, the writing is smooth and the black-and-white illustrations are skillfully done, with especially graceful line work. However, libraries that already own Michael Hague's distinctive The Book of Dragons (Morrow, 1995) might consider this a worthwhile but not essential purchase.
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cricket Books; 1 edition (September 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812626648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812626643
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,973,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Blender on July 23, 2013
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Marianne Carus produces a classic for storytelling, class stories, grandparents and grandchildren alike. These stories by modern authors and are delightful new stories building on the myths of dragons. Jane Yolen's introduction shouldn't be missed, great discussion beginning with "Oh, how I wish dragons roamed the earth today..."

The local public library has one copy continuously checked-out. I finally had a turn at the book and only half way thru the stories, ordered a copy for myself. Great book, highly recommend. Many thanks to Marianne Carus.

P.S. I am a volunteer oral storyteller in 2nd and 3rd grades. Every month this coming school year there will be a dragon story to tell!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. SHI on November 7, 2013
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Nice collection of enchanting stories about dragons. illustrations are beautiful too. my daughter and here friends love it. a great buy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 31, 2004
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i love this book! it's deninayly a good reader for teens and perteens who love Dragons! my favirte two storys in it are 'The Dragon At The Well' and 'Black Dragon Princess' those are just my favs. there a lot more to choose from. but if you like dragon stories this book is for you.
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