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How to Catch a Dragon

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The way the book is written, the words don't flow the way they should and I continually have to stop and kind of re-read the words in my head and then find some sort of flow so that it fits better. How to Catch a Dragon is a story about s young boy and his friends trying to catch a dragon for good fortune. And perhaps I'm being a bit harsh, but I'm kind of baffled as to why a white kid needs to be involved in a book that's portraying a story about a cultural tradition of China.

I personally love the reference to Dragons Love Tacos when the main character mentions using rice to catch this dragon and not tacos. The intrepid explorer’s crewmates are a motley assortment of “aliens”—among them are a kid in a hoodie with the laces pulled so tight that only a nose and mouth are visible; a plump kid with a bluish cast to his skin; and a pinkish girl with a toothpick-thin neck and huge bug eyes. I'm not understanding why this Chinese New Year seems to be set in the past, a pre-technology kind of feel surrounds the whole book, which wouldn't really be a problem if they book didn't include a whole bunch of characters of different diversities. I enjoyed the hints at other dragon books, the inclusion of many different colored characters and the fun way to teach children about Chinese New Year. Despite a series of cleverly planned traps, the children never manage to catch the dragon they were hunting.This fun book will take you on a chase through a beautifully illustrated cultural holiday, leaving hints of popular traditions and decorations as the group of diverse friends follow a long red dragon tail through town, attempting to catch it at every turn. Written in rhyming text with adorable digitally painted artwork, a group of young children are chasing down a dragon. The Girl who Planted Trees won Teach Early Years Best Picture Book Award, 2022 and was chosen as one of the best books of 2022 by the U. When she's not writing, Caryl can be found at her local gym, hiking in the hills of the Peak District with her dog, or drinking tea in a nearby cafe.

I received a free copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This one though, was set in what seems like China, and yet the ethnicity of the characters seem varied. This one definitely stands out for focusing on the dragon and the multicultural group of kids celebrating (makes me wonder if it is supposed to be in Hong Kong or Singapore).There are How to Catch books and How to Draw books, including a BRAND NEW Draw Underwater Animals Book! My only complaint is that even the ending isn’t what I expected (which I loved) the resolution is a bit rushed. How to Catch a Dragon is everything you love about the How to Catch series, now appealing to a wider audience! Are we to believe that there are a bunch of white, black, and Latinx kids living in a traditional country village in China that appears to have a 19th-century level of technology? I wasn’t super impressed by that at first, but then I saw in the back that the text is again provided in English, Pinyin, and Mandarin (I think…it could be Cantonese) side by side, and I’m suspecting that to make the side-by-side translation work they had to occasionally sacrifice some rhythm.

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