Dragon Prince

Dragon Prince

A Chinese Beauty & The Beast Tale

Book - 1997
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When a poor farmer falls into the clutches of a dragon, only Seven, his youngest daughter, will save him by marrying the beast. Publishers Weekly praised "Yep's elegant, carefully crafted storytelling" and Mak's "skillfully and radiantly rendered illustrations" in this captivating and luminous Chinese variation of the beauty and the beast tale.A 1998 Notable Children's Trade Book in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)A 1997 Pick of the Lists (ABA)
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1997
ISBN: 9780060243937
Branch Call Number: 398.210951 YEP
Characteristics: unpaged
Additional Contributors: Mak, Kam


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FindingJane Jul 18, 2014

Beauty and the Beast tales are a common theme in many cultures. This one has its own variations, in that the Beauty is no mere dutiful daughter but a skilled artisan whose work is as lovely as she is. The Beast is a handsome prince in disguise—no surprise there. But he himself is put to the test when his wife becomes less than a beauty. This poses a question. Is the prince wrong for initially ignoring his wife’s change in looks? Does it show devotion that he accepts her even when she’s ugly or does it display a lack of fidelity to accept one woman over another? This factor raises this version above the usual tale since it gives the handsome prince more to do than merely suffer his own fate. Charming, beautifully illustrated in vivid color and realistic portraits, “The Dragon Prince” is a delight for the mind and eye.

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