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How to Catch a Dragon

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Parents will certainly chuckle along with this one, but kindergarten teachers’ stomach muscles will ache: “[G]ravity works differently here. Those of you wanting to use it for educational purposes may like that it has several Chinese words in the back with definition and that it explains some of the holiday. Age range 3 to 9 New in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling How to Catch series - do you have what it takes to snag a dragon?

How to Catch a Dragon opens with a boy, his mother, and his grandmother preparing for Chinese New Year. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. It definitely wouldn't be enough if one is looking to have their child learn a second language, but it's still a great inclusion. The art is bright and colorful, and there's a good cadence to the words that would work fabulously for a storytime session.There are also symbols on the banners throughout the story and if you don't know any Mandarin at all, you don't get to know what it says, which is a little disappointing for someone like me who is fascinated by languages. I really don't know how to feel about How to Catch a Dragon by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton.

My only complaint is that even the ending isn’t what I expected (which I loved) the resolution is a bit rushed. However, as we read through it it soon became clear that it isn't quite up to the same brilliant standard of How To Grow A Dinosaur and Supermarket Zoo. The first review will be my (not-so-tiny) munchkin's perspective and then I will chime in with my 2 cents.It appears to take place in a Chinese area, perhaps even China, yet, there are all sorts of ethnicities present. If you know a little one who is looking for a bilingual tale or is bored of the same old Chinese New Year tales, give this one a shot. As an educator, I would love to know the translations for this text as it would add to the educational value. I only know for sure because I asked someone but a simple heading or footnote stating that it is a 'Mandarin translation' would have been helpful. I'm not understanding why this Chinese New Year seems to be set in the past, a pre-technology kind of feel surrounds the whole book, which wouldn't really be a problem if they book didn't include a whole bunch of characters of different diversities.

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