Author: Arlene Chan
Illustrated by: Song Nan Zhang
Paperback: 24 page(s)
Age Range: 6 to 9
Ontario curriculum: Language - Reading...Social Studies - Heritage and Identity
In ancient times, the Chinese saw the dragon as both a protector and a threat, able to bring on rain or cause droughts. To honor this powerful creature, people created long narrow boats that they raced in an annual rainmaking festival.
From the wearing of fragrant pouches, to the consumption of rice dumplings, to thrilling boat races, the dragon boat festival of today is a celebration of Chinese traditions all over the world.
Arlene Chan, a respected librarian and an experienced dragon boat racer, explores the origins of the festival, it-???+-?-+s customs, and the races themselves. Beautifully detailed illustrations by Song Nan Zhang let you experience the beauty and energy of this ancient festival.
From The Critics:
School Library Journal
Dragon-boat racing, one of the fastest growing sports around the world, has a long tradition in Chinese culture. Chan explains the historical significance of the dragon and the festival, including the customs and folklore connected with the races. Variations in the way different regions celebrate the festival are also presented. Descriptions of the dragon boats, the team members and their responsibilities, and their preparation and training are included. Chinese words, such a zongzior kui, are defined within the text. Concise writing holds readers' interest. Vibrant, colorful paintings encourage youngsters to pore over the details in each illustration. This is an engaging look at the traditions of this ancient culture and the story behind the modern-day sport.