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Cixi the Dragon Empress (The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames)

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The last empress of China, Cixi fought ruthlessly to isolate her country from the West, while cloistered inside her lavish Forbidden City, ignoring the needs of her people. But was the Dragon Empress evil or just out-of-touch?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame whose ignorance brought a centuries-old dynasty crashi
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Goosebottom Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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Alyssa
Nov 15, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Okay. I must admit that I thought this book was not a children's book. I didn't look too closely at the description, but was intrigued by "The Dragon Empress." And honestly, who would have thought I would win out of nearly a thousand entries? Not me! BUT, I am very glad I did win.

The book is about the normal size of a children's picture book, but don't be fooled. There is a fair amount of history packed into the glossy, picture-covered pages. It was most informative and an enjoyable read. I tot
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Mary Ryall
"Cixi the Dragon Empress" is an important cultural and historical children's book. We live in a multi-cultural world. It is important to teach children about the world that many diverse people live in. I think the cover and illustrations are exquisite. I have requested my public library, in Shell Lake, WI, to order the book.
Barbara Lovejoy
Feb 26, 2012 Barbara Lovejoy rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book I've read in "The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames." The first was Catherine De' Medici. Interesting book. Hadn't even known about Cixi before reading this book so learned about her as well as some other interesting things about this time period.
Wayne S.
Nov 22, 2011 Wayne S. rated it it was amazing
Did you know that the Chinese also had empresses as well as emperors? The last Chinese empress was Cixi, who was born on November 29, 1835, in Shanxi province, northern China, the daughter of a minor government official, and most likely spent her childhood in Anhui province. Not much is known about her early life. She was very secretive about her upbringing, saying only that she did not have a happy childhood. At age sixteen she was chosen by the Emperor Xianfeng as an imperial concubine and wa ...more
Kristi Bernard
Jan 20, 2012 Kristi Bernard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
Cixi was born in 1835 to a minor government official. Although her childhood was secretive she always felt she was treated differently than her three sisters. When she was a teenager her mother registered her to work at the palace. She could either be a servant or concubine. Cixi chose the latter. She was impressed with how the emperor lived and embraced the opportunity to escape her miserable childhood. As time went on Cixi moved up to Imperial Consort. She was considered to be one of the emper ...more
Ben Swain
Sep 20, 2016 Ben Swain rated it really liked it
Shelves: multi-racial, youth
Cixi: The Dragon Empress, by Natasha Yim, does a good job of telling the story of one of China's most feared leaders, one who ended a 5,000 year-long imperial rule and let the West into an ancient country. The book boasts a healthy mix of facts and more personal statements about the Empress, as well as photos of the time period. The illustrations are a bonus, and the book as a whole is visually impressive, with a nice blend of pictures of cultural artifacts, art from the time period, and interes ...more
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