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Kites: Magic Wishes That Fly Up to the Sky

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"In brilliant colors and on spacious double-page spreads, Demi depicts the origin of the Chinese holiday Ch'ing Yang or The Double Ninth Festival, a festival of kites that takes place on September 9, the ninth day of the ninth month. Long ago in China . . . [a woman] went to a painter of holy pictures . . . and requested a picture of a dragon, 'a symbol of wealth, wisdom,
Paperback, 40 pages
Published December 12th 2000 by Dragonfly Books (first published 1999)
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Lisa Vegan
I had about as much luck as did Charles M. Schulz’s Charlie Brown with making kites, flying kites, but I’ve always liked kites anyway.

One cool thing about this book is that in the back there are detailed instructions, with pictures included, for how to make and fly kites.

The story in this book is mostly a vehicle to describe the various traditional Chinese meanings of many birds, insects, reptiles & fish & crustaceans, and other animals, gods & Buddhas, flowers, symbols.

Much of the l
Mar 19, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an interesting, but a little too overly repetitive story about kites. I liked the first dozen pictures, but then it started to lose me. We still enjoyed the illustrations and the craft at the end is one that we've done before; it's definitely a craft that children can make without too much help. We have really enjoyed Demi's books and we will certainly look for more at our local library.
May 06, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time in China, a painter of holy pictures is asked by the people of the village to make elaborate paintings that they will turn into kites to send their wishes to the gods.

Many pages are devoted to the different designs the holy painter created and what each creation symbolically means.
Paul  Hankins
This title has some history of kite making, but more than this, different types of kites are explored for their symbolism and purpose for flying. Instructions are included as well for the building of one's own kite. A super read and activity tie-in for spring.
May 31, 2008 Lindsay rated it really liked it
kites, flying, China, history of kites, art/artist

more educational fact than storyline; beautiful pics
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Demi (September 2, 1942) born Charlotte Dumaresq Hunt, is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. During her career she has published over 300 titles.

Demi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the great-grand daughter of the American painter William Morris Hunt, and the great-grand niece of architect Richard Morris Hunt. Demi earned her nickname as a young child when her fa
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