Red Is a Dragon: A Book of Colors
Red Is a Dragon: A Book of Colors
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Annotation: A Chinese American girl provides rhyming descriptions of the great variety of colors she sees around her, from the red of a dragon, firecrackers, and lychees to the brown of her teddy bear.
Catalog Number: #4699295
Format: Paperback
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright Date: 2001
Edition Date: 2008
Illustrator: Lin, Grace,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8118-6481-2
ISBN 13: 978-0-8118-6481-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2001000093
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The creators of Mooncake: A Book of Shapes (2000) offer a companion devoted to colors. Using rhymed verse, a young Chinese American girl introduces onlookers to some of the elements of her world. Many of the items mentioned are of Asian origin (for example, red dragons and firecrackers seen in Chinese New Year parades), but almost all the objects have a universal child appeal. Less familiar items, such as bottle gourds, chopsticks, and lychee fruits, are explained at the end of the book. Lin's simply drawn gouache illustrations, outlined in black, fairly explode with color, and Lin never lets a solid color serve where a pattern (many depicting Asian motifs) can be used. Although some spreads feature as many as 10 different patterns, they never appear cluttered, and the dominant hue is always clear. The endpapers, stripes of multihued dragon scales, are an attractive bonus. This is a must-have for libraries serving Chinese American populations, and it will be a welcome addition to preschool story hours for children of all backgrounds.
Horn Book
In a gentle concept book, a Chinese-American girl identifies various colorful objects in her world. Many of the objects, including lychees, a bottle gourd, and chopsticks, are distinctly Chinese, while others are not. The lush gouache paintings are rendered in deep, bold hues, and unfamiliar terms in the rhyming text are defined in a short glossary.
Kirkus Reviews
Pure, bright colors, excellent use of pattern, and Chinese-influenced composition and perspective dovetail neatly with color rhymes from the pair who brought readers Round Is a Mooncake (2000). A Chinese-American girl catalogues the colors in her life: "Pink is a peony / Pink is a rose / pink is the sunlight / on my nose" and "Green is a bracelet / made of jade / Green is the purse / my auntie made." Like the purple kite, the red dragon, and the white dumplings, many of the items she chooses spring from her Asian heritage. The family festivals and rituals, and the child's open response to nature and to play, are irresistibly apparent, and invite readers in with a double-paged, full-bleed spread for each color. The rhymes bounce along quite effortlessly, buoyed by the vivid colors that echo each verse. A glossary adds strength to this jaunty cultural salute. (Picture book. 3-8)
School Library Journal
PreS-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 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Word Count: 214
Reading Level: 1.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 59153 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.3 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q30582
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: J

Younger children will be engaged by Red Is a Dragon, as a young girl finds a rainbow of colors in her everyday life.

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