by Kat Zhang (Author) Charlene Chua (Illustrator)
In this sweet and brightly illustrated picture book, Amy Wu must craft a dragon unlike any other to share with her class at school in this unforgettable follow-up to Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao.
Amy loves craft time at school. But when her teacher asks everyone to make their own dragon, Amy feels stuck. Her first dragon has a long, wingless body, stag-like horns, and eagle claws, but her friends don't think it's a real dragon. Then she makes dragons like theirs, but none of them feels quite right...None of them feels like hers.
After school, a story from Grandma sparks new inspiration, and Amy rounds up her family to help her. Together, can they make Amy's perfect dragon?
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When Ms. Mary reads aloud a picture book about dragons to her class, Amy Wu (Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao) is completely intrigued by these new creatures. Afterwards, Ms. Mary sets them loose to use their imaginations to create their own dragons. Amy knows what she wants to create, but her attempts don't translate her ideas to the page to her satisfaction. She decides to work on it at home, where, after her pink-haired grandmother tells dragon tales, Amy roots around in the attic. The remnants of a dragon like those used for Chinese New Year parades is there but not all of it is usable. Amy, with friends and family, craft a patchwork hybrid dragon, neither fully Chinese nor completely European, which is a hit when they return to the classroom. Amy's classmates have a range of skin tones and are fairly diverse. Pair this with Bruce Edward Hall's and William Low's Henry & the Kite Dragon for a rousing story time. VERDICT This is a lovely book for the younger crowd showing how one good story can lead to another, and incorporate some great activities as well.
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