The Boy from the Dragon Palace: A Folktale from Japan
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The Boy from the Dragon Palace: A Folktale from Japan

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One day, a poor flower sellers drops his leftover flowers into the sea as a gift for the Dragon King. What does he get in return? A little snot-nosed boy--with the power to grant wishes! Soon the flower seller is rich, but when he forgets the meaning of "thank you," he loses everything once again. "You just can't help some humans," say the snot-nosed little boy and the Dra...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Maria Celis
Folktale
MacDonald, Margaret R. The Boy From Dragon Palace (2011). A poor flower seller receives a gift from the Dragon King which changes his life, if only for a moment. This Japanese folktale is a cumulative tale about gratitude and is retold through a comical relationship between a man and a child who happens to grant wishes by sneezing. Illustrator, Sachiko Yoshikawa illustrates using vibrant colorful designs and patterns that emphasizes the fantastical events of a rags-to-riches-to-rags stor...more
Lisa Hartmann
The Boy From the Dragon Palace is a great folklore. It is about a boy that comes from the dragon palace in the sea. A poor flower seller comes to the sea and to his surprise a boy is offered to him. In exchange for caring for him the boy grants his wishes. The poor man becomes greedy and ungrateful of what he has been given and doesn't want to care for the boy anymore.In the end he decides to return him to the sea.After he returns him the man becomes poor again. I really like the pictures in thi...more
Books4m
This picture book contains well illustrated watercolor and graphic deigned collage that beautifully supports the folktale. When a poor merchant makes an offer to the dragon god he is given a snot nose boy who grants his wishes in return. However when the merchant grows greedy and resents the boy he loses everything for not remembering to be thankful. An excellent resource for teaching manners and learning the folktales of other cultures
Angela
The Boy from the Dragon Palace is folklore for primary to intermediate readers. The Boy from the Dragon Palace is a really cute story about a poor flower seller who throws his leftover flowers into the ocean for the Dragon King. The Dragon King shows his appreciation by giving the flower seller a snot-nosed little boy who has the ability to grant wishes. The flower seller thought of new things to ask for every day and eventually had more than he could have ever dreamed of, but he soon grew tired...more
Laura
A retold Japanese story. A poor flower seller is given a gift from the Dragon King -- a snot-nosed boy. Every night, he makes the boy a meal of shrimp. When the boy blows his nose, he bestows the man with gold, a wonderful home, and other riches. Just as you would expect, the flower seller becomes greedy and forgets to appreciate the snot-nosed boy. When the flower seller kicks the boy out, all of his wealth and riches disappear.

I really enjoyed the illustrations in this story. The snot and nos...more
Kristine Hall
Didn't realize it until after I read the book, but there really is a Japanese folktale about the Snot-Nosed Boy! This storybook is a much pared-down version, and the snot-nose is played up significantly more than in the folklore, which will make it all the more appealing to kids. The story is one of greed and the consequences of it and forgetting kindness.

The pictures are quite colorful and vibrant, though interestingly enough, the snot that is such a predominant part of the story is not ever i...more
Jamie Davis
"The Boy from the Dragon Palace" is a fun read aloud in the library. The illustrations and bright and engaging. It is the tale of a man who gives a gift to the Dragon King who lives below the sea and in turn is given a young boy. The boy happens to have "the snottiest nose you ever did see!" The boy has the ability to grant wishes when he blows his nose. As in most folk tales with wishes, everything is not as wonderful as you would wish.

Good to use with a class to discuss the theme of a story an...more
Julie Esanu
A poor flower seller receives an interesting gift from the Dragon King--a snotty-nosed little boy who is able to grant his every wish. After fulfilling his dreams, the flower seller no longer has use for the boy and throws him out of his palace, thus throwing away all the gifts bestowed on him. This book is useful for teaching folk tales to primary grades as the sound effects engage children and encourage them to participate in the reading of the book.
Deborah
"One day, a poor flower sellers drops his leftover flowers into the sea as a gift for the Dragon King. What does he get in return? A little snot-nosed boy--with the power to grant wishes Soon the flower seller is rich, but when he forgets the meaning of "thank you," he loses everything once again. "You just can't help some humans," say the snot-nosed little boy and the Dragon King."

A nice story of gratitude.

Elementary school
Gwen the Librarian
A magical boy who makes gold appear after blowing his snotty nose on his sleeve? What could be better?! This adaptation of a Japanese folk tale is nice and quick, perfect for reading with little ones, but might leave older readers seeking a bit more.
Karen
Classic folk tale of greed and its comeuppance, simply and nicely told with good details (the little boy's bubbly nose for instance). Colorful pictures loaded with Japanese atmosphere.
Tami Holihan
Couldn't even finish this book. It seemed ridiculous that richess came from the "snot-nosed-boy's" snot. I think the authors were trying to be funny, but they missed the mark.
Danielle Desmarais
-Fun fantasy story.
-Great illustrations.
-Quirky twists in the story that would keep children interested.
-Fun for both boys and girls.

-2nd grade reading level
Laura Mack
MRM always adapts stories that are great for group sharing. Hits the spot with the thankless man!
Edward Sullivan
The boy with the golden snot. Very entertaining!
Linda Atkinson
Be especially kind to those snot-nosed boys;-)
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