The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale

The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale


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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064435185
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/09/1999
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,162,138
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.08(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate; The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee; and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island, which he cowrote with his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, and was named a New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book.

Mr. Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, the writer Joanne Ryder.

Kam Mak grew up in New York City's Chinatown. He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, and since then he has illustrated book jackets for numerous publishers and taught painting at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

He has also illustrated The Moon of the Monarch Butterflies by Jean Craighead George, The Year of the Panda by Miriam Schlein, and The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep. Kam Mak lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, son, and daughter.

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The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lorinhigashi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Laurence Yep has created a new spin on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. He incorporates Chinese culture into the story, focusing on the daughter Seven's loyalty and love for her family. Although Seven is described as the youngest and prettiest of the seven daughters, her character is able to appreciate beauty despite appearance. She also was the only one to sacrifice her life to save her father's, despite having six other daughters who would not. Her happiness with the prince is also not enough, as she misses her family - again focusing on family loyalty. The illustrations by Kam Mak capture the beauty of the story, providing intricate and lifelike pictures.
kdangleis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale featuring the transformation of a dragon into a handsome prince because he finds true love. The artwork in this book is traditional to Chinese customs and beliefs. Rich, bold colors and realistic paintings of the human characters, as well as fanciful pictures of the dragon and the underwater coral palace he calls home, grace the pages of this mythical Chinese adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. A daughter of a poor farmer, Seven is the youngest of seven girls in the family. She selflessly saves her father¿s life after he is held by a dragon who wants one of his daughters as his bride. After all six of her sisters refuse, Seven agrees to marry the dragon in order to save her father. He takes her to his coral castle under the sea where they truly fall in love. As a result, the dragon becomes a handsome prince and the two are married. After becoming sad and homesick, the prince allows Seven to leave for 10 days to see her family. Upon returning, Three, Seven¿s jealous sister takes her sister to the river, hits her over the head and pushes her in. Three returns to her family, confesses and conspires with the family to convince the prince that Three is really Seven, and is now ugly because she fell ill. The prince, not caring about her looks, takes Three home thinking she is Seven. Eventually he figures Three isn¿t Seven and begins to hunt for her. Seven has actually been rescued by an old woman with whom she now lives. On his search, the prince discovers some embroidered dragons on a cloth being sold by the old woman in the marketplace and recognizes it to be the work of Seven. He follows the old woman home and is reunited with his true love. The three fly back to the coral palace and send Three back to live with her family. This is a unique way to expose young readers to a different culture while comparing this tale to the one they are more familiar with.