The Dragon Prince A Chinese Beautythe Beast Tale 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 a

  • Title: The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beautythe Beast Tale
  • Author: Laurence Yep Kam Mak
  • ISBN: 9780064435185
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 TraWhen 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

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    1. The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty the Beast Tale was an interesting twist on a very well known fairy tale. A farmer meets a dragon who tells the farmer that he must give up one of his daughters for marriage to spare his life. The youngest of seven daughters agrees to save her father's life. Seven goes to the prince and eventually lives a happy life. When seven years to visit her family, the prince allows her to go. When daughter three sees seven again, her jealous takes over and she attempts t [...]

    2. Find this review and many more at That Artsy Reader Girl!The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep is the Chinese version of Beauty and the Beast, and is so rich in culture. Inside the book the author includes his source notes, explaining that this tale is a Southern Chinese version of the classic. He also thanks Truly Shay for helping him translate several tales for him. Immediately, I felt confident that this book would be of very high quality because of the proof of research.This tale is written in a [...]

    3. The Dragon Prince, by Laurence Yep, is a Chinese folkloric children's book.The story starts off with a farmer and his seven daughters, the seventh being his favorite. The seventh daughter, there are no real names mentioned just their numbers, seems to be of perfect character as well as aesthetics. One day a dragon threatens to kills the farmer if none of the daughters agree to marry him, Seven is the only one to come to his rescue. Seven and the dragon fly off eventually getting to a palace wher [...]

    4. This is a lovely romantic retelling of the Beauty and the Beast that is based on a traditional Chinese folktale. Compelling storytelling with lush illustrations will make this a popular read aloud.

    5. I absolutely loved this book! I'm not a big Beauty & the Beast fan (although I have nothing against it), but I am a big fan of reinterpretations of class fairy tales, and boy, did this book ever fit the bill! I read this book for a class, so the first thing we did was read the original Beauty & the Beast (whew! does it ever differ from the Disney classic!) and then bring in our own adaptations. I was pleased as punch to see that there was a Chinese version of Beauty & the Beast avail [...]

    6. Title (italicize): The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty and the Beast Tale Author: Laurence YepIllustrator (if separate from author): Kam MakGenre: Non-European Folk tale Theme(s): family, love, jealousy Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): “Once there was a poor old farmer with seven daughters” Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): This story tells the tale of the prized 7th daughter of a poor farmer finding a snake that turns into a dragon and demands to be marri [...]

    7. This is a wonderful Chinese version of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. The story told extremely well and the illustrations are elegant and luminous.The seventh sister agrees to marry a serpent to spare her father's life. He reveals himself as a prince before allowing her to visit her family. She is betrayed by a sister and disappointed in her prince. Eventually he finds and rescues her.The characters are better developed than in most fairy tales. The setting is exotic and the plot o [...]

    8. I really like the story of beauty and the beast that I have heard since I was little, Western version. I was curious to see the difference in the Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale. There is lot of difference between the two, practically everything is different besides the fact that there is a beauty and there is a beast. Which is great because it is unique and not just a rendition. This Chinese folkloric children’s book would be great for the age 5-8. This book would be great to have to use [...]

    9. Taken from my blog, Nine Pages.Kam Mak’s illustrations for this Chinese Beauty and the Beast type story are stunning. This book is worth it for the photographic realism and vibrant jewel tones of the illustrations alone, but, well, I’m a sucker for folk tales, but I enjoy this one. I especially enjoy this one because Seven is not asked to fall in love with the Beast (or Dragon). She is asked to marry him, yes, but her kindness not her love—no true love’s kiss—gives him reason to choose [...]

    10. Based on a traditional Chinese folktale, Yep and Mak's The Dragon Prince is definitely an interesting variation on the "animal bridegroom" motif perhaps best known from Beauty and the Beast. Though the details are quite different from Western versions of the story, the general structure is certainly identifiable, though there are several interesting diversions. The enchanted prince of the tale is not the victim of a curse, but rather takes the dragon form as a means for testing true goodness. Al [...]

    11. 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 ugl [...]

    12. I can't really speak for the cultural accuracy of this book, but I do trust the name of Laurence Yep. They have done quite a few children's books I've loved, so I am willing to bet they did their best to get things accurate with the artist.As for the story itself, it's you're pretty standard re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast. This is more in line with the original telling of the tale, where there's a good bit of peril and treachery for the heroine to overcome.I'd say that, if you're looking f [...]

    13. A chinese family makes a living by working on their farm. But the seventh child doesnt have to do the dirty work outside. She gets to do her work inside, so all of her sisters are jealous especially the third sister(the seventh daughter is also the prettiest). One day a dragon comes to the farm and says that one of the farmer's daughters has to go with him or the farmer shall be the dragons next meal. None of them agree to the dragon except the seventh daughter. The dragon and the girl go on a r [...]

    14. This book was an interesting twist on the traditional fairy tale as the Chinese culture influence much of the story line and imagery. The naming of the daughters by number (the order in which they were born) shows the lack of importance of each as an individual. In addition, the moral of the story that love is viewed through the heart, not the eyes. Even though Three tried to steal the dragon prince from Seven, the dragon prince was not fooled by the superficial feelings of Three. I think this b [...]

    15. A dragon threatens to eat a man unless one of his daughters marries him. His youngest accepts and the dragon takes her away. At his castle, he changes into a prince and they marry and live lavishly. She gets homesick and the prince lets her go back to visit. Her sister is jealous and pushes her into a river, taking her place. The prince notices and goes to look for his wife. Seven (the wife) ended up with an old woman, sad that her family betrayed her. The prince finds Seven after seeing her wea [...]

    16. I have 2 criticisms of the story--how could the prince not realize right away that Three was impersonating his wife Seven and why didn't the family suffer more for going along with Three's deception? Seems to me that Seven was a little too kind-hearted and while I enjoyed the story, I would have preferred if she was more "spirited" and showed some willingness to fight for her life and her love.

    17. This book has pretty illustrations and good language. The message is that good character wins out in the end and that greed and selfishness won't get you very far. I like this book but there are a lot of words on each page, which I think is sometimes not very good for children. It requires that they keep their attention focused on one page without anything new to look at. However, the story is pretty interesting and I could see myself re-reading it to a child several times.

    18. Nice illustrations, and my children were excited about the dragon, but the text blocks were a bit too long between pictures to maintain that excitement. Personally, I've read other Chinese and Korean variants of this folk tale and personally I'm not in favor of this variant that lets the antagonist get away with virtually no consequences.

    19. A major departure from the classic French Beauty and the Beast tale. Like the traditional tale, the heroine sees through the outer façade of the beast and declares her love for him before his transformation, but the Prince also has to see through the façade of his own beast--the third sister--and realize that she is not his one true love. Interesting twist.

    20. The pictures are very beautiful and help tell the story just as much as the story itself. A Chinese farmer has seven daughters, and the youngest named Seven cooks, cleans, does embroidery, and is all kindness. The third child, named Three, is always jealous of Seven and tries to cheat her out of her riches.

    21. While not a strict retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale, The Dragon Prince, by Laurence Yep, is a delightful Chinese version of the story. Curiously, despite coming from the Chinese tradition, the illustrations are neither as lush, nor as numerous as desired. The memorable theme in The Dragon Prince is, "The eye sees what it will, but the heart sees what it should."

    22. I love finding B&B stories from other cultures. This one was almost a combination of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. Also liked the double "beasts"- where both Beauty and the Beast must see beyond transformations. Rich looking illustrations by Kam Mak but I felt a jarring between the almost cartoonish dragon and the hyper realistic human figures. Backgrounds were very simple.

    23. A different retelling that I enjoyed, but I wish some more time had been taken with transitions. Sometimes I feel events move too quickly. Illustrations have a blend of fantasy and realism, bringing you quickly into the world of the story.

    24. A short & sweet tale of a girl from a poor family who agrees to marry a dragon. The narrative is a bit typical of stories packaged for a Western audience, I think, though. Kam Mak's illustrations are gorgeous.

    25. This is like a Chinese version of Cinderella. We found it at the library when Joey was in his "dragon" phase, and he liked this book, even though there was LOTS of text. The illustrations are stunningly beautiful, and the moral of the story is that it's important to be courageous and true.

    26. Beautiful illustrations and story about truth and beauty. We used this as a supplement to our study of ancient China. My five and six year old boys were so inspired that they immediately began working on their own Chinese dragon illustrations after we read this book.

    27. I think this book is really beautifully illustrated and I love this tale, which I learned from a storyteller before I actually read the book. It is easily adapted to a play structure or for a single storyteller if you're up for it!

    28. Ok, so I accidentally came across this book in the library, and found out it is a children's picture book.

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