Demi Demi's Dragons and Fantastic Creatures

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Demi's Dragons and Fantastic Creatures

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Mixed-media collage illustrations depict the dragons of Chinese folklore, from the powerful Mountain Dragon to the sinewy Creative Dragon, each accompanied by a witty rhyme explaining the creature's reputed virtues.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-Demi's familiar, imaginative animals, seen waltzing their way through Demi's Find the Animal ABC (Grossett, 1985) and A Chinese Zoo (Harcourt, 1987), are back again. This time their boldness is dazzling. Intricately cut, mixed-media collages, often placed on gold or black backgrounds, have a stunning impact. Not scary in any way, these are happy creatures that are symbols of "all that is good in traditional Chinese culture." Young readers will enjoy these fabulous beasts as they slither, leap, gallop, and wend their way across two-, three-, and even four-page spreads that open out to hold their oversized forms. Each one is accompanied by a "pearl of wisdom," a simple, entertaining verse placed in a circle. The afterword adds another dimension, providing clearly written background information about Chinese dragons in general and each one of Demi's representations in particular. Young children are always asking for a good dragon book; here's one they will love.
Dot Minzer, North Barrington School, Barrington, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Opulent with gold, expansive with foldout double spreads, and lush with decorative collages of Demi's signature marbled- paper designs, creatures bedecked with multiple mini-images of themselves and other creatures, and oriental imagery: an affectionate celebration of Chinese dragons in all their rich multiplicity. Each dragon (water, heavenly, wind, etc.) or other creature (phoenix, elephant, tortoise) is accompanied by a rather uninspired couplet summarizing the creature's symbolic significance (``The lioness fights for wisdom and truth;/she scares away demons with claw and tooth''); the explication of the same ideas, at the end, is more prosaic, but more satisfactory. A handsome, idiosyncratic presentation; some of the dragons--the thunder dragon in swirling black and white, or the dramatic red- and-black fire dragon--are magnificent. (Picture book. 5-11) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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