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Flying the Dragon Hardcover – July 1, 2012
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The chapters alternate between the two cousins. The author does an excellent job, transitioning from Skye to Hiroshi. The two have very distinct voices and concerns. Skye has been selected for the soccer all star team for the first time, though there's a conflict with the Japanese lessons and she might not be able to play. Hiroshi is having a difficult time adjusting to the move and learning English. One thing the two have in common is their grandfather. Hirsohi has always been very close to his grandfather. Skye feels an instant bond with his grandfather and wants to get to know him better.
Some of best scenes center around kite flying/ kite fighting, both of which run through Tsuki's blood, including Skye's even though she never touched a kite until she meets her cousin and grandfather. Many of the readers who pick up this book will be unfamiliar Kokkaku, or Japanese fighting kites and explanations could've easy bogged down the storyline. However the author gives the reader, clear, fun and visually appealing basic understanding of Kokkaku. Flying the Dragon is a very fitting title for this great debut.
Skye has never thought much about her Japanese heritage. She only thinks of herself as American, and as her dad didn't force her to learn much Japanese, she can't even speak well with her foreign relatives. While Skye and Hiroshi are too polite to let on that they don't like each other, there are conflicts right away. Skye doesn't want to babysit Hiroshi at school, and he wants to make other friends too. Hiroshi has a close bond with their grandfather, and now that their time together may be limited, he doesn't want to share that time with Skye.
Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi is a story about family, identity, and learning to focus on what's important. As Skye gets to know her relatives from Japan, she finds herself leaving behind some of the things she thought were most important to her in the past. And Hiroshi, who is adapting to life in a new country as well as a sick relative, has to learn how to share the things and the people he loves so he can be happy in his new home.
The tale goes back and forth from Skye's perspective to Hiroshi's, and Lorenzi does an excellent job of making each character come alive. Flying the Dragon is a great book to read in mother-daughter book clubs where the girls are aged 9 to 12. Issues to discuss include cultural differences between the U.S. and Japan, family conflict, ethnic identify, grief and more. I highly recommend it.
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I loved reading this book, and enjoyed it very much. It did have some words that weren't good, an one theme that wasn't nice either. Overall rating, 5 stars. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John L Bowman
Flying the Dragon is a wonderful book. So many children miss out on close friendships with Grandparents. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Phyllis M.
My 9 year old son read this with his 3rd grade class and encouraged me to read it as well. This book is perfect for 3rd, 4th and maybe 5th grade, both boys and girls. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
The book was wonderful-- poignant without being overly so, funny at times, sweet, and lovely. The story arc was satisfying without being predictable. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Katharine A. Owens
A amazing read. "Flying the Dragon " was totally worth putting on hold and waiting for 2 WEEKS to get. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amy Mitchell
This was a wonderful book to read with my 10 year old son. The story was rich and well told. I really enjoyed the mixing of cultures, character development, and culmination of the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by David Renner
I just cried and cried and cried at the end but it made me happy to I will never forget this book and I will recommend this book to a lot of people I red this book because at my... Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by ava123
This book is truly a work of art, and you will never be able to put it down!! Sorano and Hiroshi rock!!!!Published on November 19, 2013 by geraldine knee
This book is a must for every elementary school classroom, ESL or otherwise. As we grow up, choices present themselves, the kinds of choices that shape the people we will become. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Mila