The Water Dragon

The Water Dragon

A Chinese Legend

Book - 2012
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A little boy, Ah Bao sets off in search of the Water Dragon, to save his village from a mysterious drought.
Publisher: New York : Better Link Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781602209787
Characteristics: [40] p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Wert, Yijin


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Mar 22, 2018

Gorgeous illustrations and wonderful story! A 'must-read'!

SPL_Childrens Aug 23, 2012

In a small Chinese village, Ah Bao, a young boy, finds a magical red stone which provides unlimited rice and money.

He shares this bounty willingly with his family and neighbours.

After a time, however, it becomes evident that the red stone has brought something else – a drought.

It hasn’t rained since the stone was found. What can the villagers do? One night Ah Bao dreams of a water dragon raining on the land.

He decides to set off on a long and dangerous quest to find the dragon, for the crops are withering and the rivers are drying up. Rain is desperately needed to save the village.

Encountering a giant snake, a carp, a deer and an eagle on his travels, Ah Bao is able to be of some help to each creature, and is rewarded with something from each. The eagle gives him a claw; the fish gives him some of its scales, and so on.

Each warns him that he will meet a greedy red monster.

When the young boy meets the fearsome red monster, he narrowly escapes from it by jumping off a high cliff into a deep pool of water.

The ending of Ah Bao’s story is quite unexpected, but happy.

The water dragon brings rain to the thirsty land, turning the crops green and filling the waterways once more.

Originally published in China, the beautifully-illustrated legend of the Water Dragon is told in both Chinese and English.

Featuring a young protagonist who is both generous and brave, this story presents a worthy hero-role model for children.

With 2012 being the Year of the Water Dragon in Chinese and Tibetan astrology, this book would be a fine choice of story to read aloud to a child by a parent, grandparent or teacher.


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