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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811831779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811831772
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The gentle primer Red Is a Dragon by Roseanne Thong, illus. by Grace Lin, does for colors what their Round Is a Mooncake did for shapes, in a felicitous meeting between East and West. The girl who narrated the previous book here serves as tour guide through 10 hues, each of which dominates a spread redolent with the saturated colors and intricate patterns of Chinese textiles and paintings.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reS-K-A beautiful Chinese dragon in several shades of red writhes across a double-page spread, accompanied by children carrying drums, cymbals, and strings of firecrackers-a fitting start for a concept book about colors. Although many of the objects portrayed are Asian in origin, such as lychees, incense sticks in a pot, and a jade bracelet, most are universal. The attractive illustrations use large areas of vibrant colors overlaid by varied patterns in the same colors. The text in rhyming couplets is less successful; at times the need for a rhyme sometimes outweighs the regard for exact description. Quibbles aside, concept books are always needed and this one offers a peek at Chinese-American culture.

Marian Drabkin, formerly at Richmond Public Library, CA

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Customer Reviews

We read my 28 month old son at least 3 books every night ... sometimes 5.
C. Porter
I read it to her before bedtime and she is just absolutely mesmerized by the beautiful, flowing poetry, the gorgeous saturated colors and the lovely images.
R.I.B.
I love that Grace lin included dragon dancing and put feet under it for your child to see.
KSL

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom on November 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Illustrator Grace Lin's use of color and curly cue backgrounds are more than half the reason to buy this book. In short verse, the reader and female protagonist is introduced to very bright colors and a red dragon and firecrackers, red melons and lychees on green backgrounds, orange crabs on the sand in your hand, yellow incense sticks and taxis, green gourds and toads, green jade that mom and daughter share, blue sneakers, purple kites, pink peonies, and white dumplings to share with a brother. What colors surround you?? A glossary of ten words closes the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KSL on October 8, 2005
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Although my daughter was born in China and now living here in the US. I want her to know her heritage. Grace Lin and Roseanne Thong have created many terrific books that let me share with my daughter about Asian families and how they celebrate and most importantly how color plays such a vital role in the Asians eyes and lifestyles.

I love that Grace lin included dragon dancing and put feet under it for your child to see. I am trying to show my daughter that the Dragons used in Dragon Dances for the Chinese New Year is not a "live" dragon, but that there are many people or one person underneath and that they are wearing a dragon costume. Just like my daughter wheres a costume at Halloween. And then maybe this year she won't cry... or maybe not as much... she's only 2 1/2 years old.

I love that the book introduces us to the Chinese culture and how they eat different foods and instead of using forks, knives and spoons they use chopsticks! I love that one of the last lines in the book prompts your child to see what colors are around them, be it in their homes, backyards and else where. I also love that there are definations of certain words that we might be unfamiliar with. No matter if you live in America, Australia, Canada or Neatherlands or anywhere that Asains have found a place to call home, this book will help you open your child & families lives & eyed to how Asians live.

There are may terrific books by Grace Lin and Toseanne Thong, here's to many, many more books to come in the future!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lady on February 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Not just a book about colors. It's lovely to see Asian & American people and items intermixed esp. if you &/or your child are a minority where you live. But this is a book for *everyone*, read out-loud or read-to. Personally, I prefer the celebration pictures & parades more than the simple ones at the beach, and I still prefer their 'Round is a mooncake' but this book has grown on me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kalan on April 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The main attraction for my 2 1/2 year old son is that it had a dragon in a parade AND firecrackers! Of course that's not all, the book is very colorful & we enjoyed couting orange crabs at the sea, green toads in the graden,yellow taxis on the road, purple kites in the sky, dumplings on a plate & much more.
Very intertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R.I.B. on April 20, 2008
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My 18 month old children (boy/girl twins) both love this book, but my daughter is especially taken with it. I read it to her before bedtime and she is just absolutely mesmerized by the beautiful, flowing poetry, the gorgeous saturated colors and the lovely images. I look at my kids' faces while reading it to them, and I see them each carefully and thoughtfully scanning each page, enjoying the colors and images and taking it all in. It's a perfect bedtime book. It is truly a treasure in our growing library. I give it to all my friends for baby showers or new baby gifts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mom of picky baby on September 15, 2008
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This book is very simple and fun. My 4 yr old daughter reads it to me and loves the bright pictures. Her favorite part is the red dragon and drum. I bought this for a recent adoptee who is 15 months and she really enjoys it too - quick and bright in keeping with the extremely short attention span.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We have Red Is A Dragon and One Is A Drummer, both collaborations between Roseanne Thong and Grace Lin (as well as other Grace Lin books - which we just love!). Both books are beautifully illustrated and so fun to read with my 2-year-old daughter. Grace Lin's illustrations are our favorite. This is a wonderful book to learn a little about Chinese culture. Highly recommended!
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I bought a bunch of books to help go with curriculum for learning colors with my preschoolers. This one is by far my favorite. The illustrations are beautiful, the children stay engaged throughout and highly recommend!
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