The Pet Dragon

The Pet Dragon

[a Story About Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters]

Book - 2008
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When Lin's beloved pet dragon disappears, she searches for him far and wide until a witch helps her to reach the dragon's new home. Introduces a different Chinese character on each step of Lin's adventure.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, 2008
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Edition: 1st ed
Audience: Preschool-grade 3
ISBN: 9780061577772 (lib. bdg.)
9780061577765 (hc.)


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A friendship story between a girl and her pet dragon told through Chinese characters.

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ChristchurchKids Dec 26, 2013

With an adventurous story and bold, clean-lined artwork, The Pet Dragon introduces readers to 33 different Chinese characters. After a young girl, Lin, receives a baby dragon as a gift, the two of them do everything together...until a mishap with a soccer ball prompts Lin's father to confine the dragon to a cage. The dragon escapes and runs away, and Lin journeys far and wide in search of her friend. Characters that represent concepts (such as "above" and "friend") and things (such as "tree," and "person") are superimposed onto pictures related to their meaning. Clever and fun!

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Feb 17, 2011

A fun way to learn Chinese characters.The story isn't very engaging. However the pictures help in memorizing the characters.

Jan 07, 2011

This was the first book I ever bought for my child (before she was born, actually). It spoke to me because it's a children's book, because the illustrations were great, because the storyline was simple, and because I thought it would be a book that would carry with her through a broad age range. I could see an adult reading this to their 2 year old as well as an 8 year old reading it. My daughter is half Chinese, so the character learning aspect is also of importance to me. I find there are very few books for young American's wanting to learn Chinese characters... and it's easier to remember them when you have a pictorial memory of them. Wonderful book!


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