Grace Chang Jin Jin the Dragon

ISBN 13: 9781592701025

Jin Jin the Dragon

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In this captivating tale, the newly hatched Jin Jin goes on a quest to discover what sort of a creature he is. Along the way he meets a fish, an eagle, a lion, and many other animals with which he shares some characteristics. As he compares himself to them he declares, "I'm a little part of each of you, but not quite like any of you!" Then when he meets Turtle and Old Crane, not only does he find out that he's a dragon, but very special dragon. He's a Chinese dragon, unlike most dragons depicted in fairy tales and furthermore, he has a very special talent. As the story unfolds, readers learn about Chinese culture, the origin of Chinese characters and the lore of Chinese dragons. Jin Jin the dragon is a charming parable of self-discovery suitable for children wondering about their own identities and origin.

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About the Author:

Grace was born in Beijing into a family of famous entertainers. As a young girl, Grace learned magic from her grandfather in the courtyards of the Forbidden City. She also sat with her father as he wrote, while dreaming of becoming a writer herself one day. Today Grace is a multi-talented performer, illusionist, and storyteller. Chong Chang, Grace Chang's brother, has been drawing since the age of five. He graduated from Tiansen Art School and lives in China, where he works in graphic design. Because of the time difference between Brooklyn and China, Grace and Chong frequently exchange ideas in the middle of the night.

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"The writing is clear, at times lyrical, and nicely paced.Dragons and dragon lore are always popular subjects, and this title will be appreciated by children longing for more." - School Library Journal

"Not all dragons are fierce and breathe fire, as author Grace Chang proves.... Chang draws on Chinese traditions as she details how Jin Jin asks different animals to help him figure out just what kind of animal he is. The illustrations by Chong Chang...add to Jin Jin's appealing image." - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“The book has the feel of a traditional picture book while still being modern and accessible. Recommended for children to understand a different type of dragon and learn about another culture. This is perfect to use for Chinese New Year but should not be limited to that.” – kidslit.menashalibrary.org

“The beautiful watercolor illustrations and the story of self discovery will resonate with young readers.” – kidsbookshelf.com

“A gentle story grounded in ancient Chinese dragon myths, but presented in warm, contemporary terms and sure to be a hit with young dragon lovers everywhere.” – Children’s Bookwatch

"The writing is clear, at times lyrical, and nicely paced. The illustrations, done in Chinese watercolors, feature soft, peaceful greens that allow the golden Jin Jin, with his comical, expressive face, to take center stage. Dragons and dragon lore are always popular subjects, and this title will be appreciated by children longing for more." – School Library Journal, Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ


"The writing is clear, at times lyrical, and nicely paced.Dragons and dragon lore are always popular subjects, and this title will be appreciated by children longing for more." - School Library Journal

"Not all dragons are fierce and breathe fire, as author Grace Chang proves.... Chang draws on Chinese traditions as she details how Jin Jin asks different animals to help him figure out just what kind of animal he is. The illustrations by Chong Chang...add to Jin Jin's appealing image." - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The book has the feel of a traditional picture book while still being modern and accessible. Recommended for children to understand a different type of dragon and learn about another culture. This is perfect to use for Chinese New Year but should not be limited to that.” kidslit.menashalibrary.org

The beautiful watercolor illustrations and the story of self discovery will resonate with young readers.” kidsbookshelf.com

A gentle story grounded in ancient Chinese dragon myths, but presented in warm, contemporary terms and sure to be a hit with young dragon lovers everywhere.” Children’s Bookwatch

"The writing is clear, at times lyrical, and nicely paced. The illustrations, done in Chinese watercolors, feature soft, peaceful greens that allow the golden Jin Jin, with his comical, expressive face, to take center stage. Dragons and dragon lore are always popular subjects, and this title will be appreciated by children longing for more." School Library Journal, Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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