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The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale

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When a poor farmer falls into the clutches of a dragon, only Seven, his youngest daughter, will save him—by marrying the beast.
Publishers Weekly praised "Yep's elegant, carefully crafted storytelling" and Mak's "skillfully and radiantly rendered illustrations" in this captivating and luminous Chinese variation of the beauty and the beast tale.

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Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 9th 1999 by HarperCollins (first published 1997)
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Casey Brady
The Dragon Prince, by Laurence Yep, is a Chinese folkloric children's book.The story starts off with a farmer and his seven daughters, the seventh being his favorite. The seventh daughter, there are no real names mentioned just their numbers, seems to be of perfect character as well as aesthetics. One day a dragon threatens to kills the farmer if none of the daughters agree to marry him, Seven is the only one to come to his rescue. Seven and the dragon fly off eventually getting to a palace wher ...more
Marsha
Beauty and the Beast tales are a common theme in many cultures. This one has its own variations, in that the Beauty is no mere dutiful daughter but a skilled artisan whose work is as lovely as she is.

The Beast is a handsome prince in disguise—no surprise there. But he himself is put to the test when his wife becomes less than a beauty.

This poses a question. Is the prince wrong for initially ignoring his wife’s change in looks? Does it show devotion that he accepts her even when she’s ugly or d
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Jonathan
This is a wonderful Chinese version of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. The story told extremely well and the illustrations are elegant and luminous.

The seventh sister agrees to marry a serpent to spare her father's life. He reveals himself as a prince before allowing her to visit her family. She is betrayed by a sister and disappointed in her prince. Eventually he finds and rescues her.

The characters are better developed than in most fairy tales. The setting is exotic and the plot o
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Laura Driskell
I really like the story of beauty and the beast that I have heard since I was little, Western version. I was curious to see the difference in the Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale. There is lot of difference between the two, practically everything is different besides the fact that there is a beauty and there is a beast. Which is great because it is unique and not just a rendition. This Chinese folkloric children’s book would be great for the age 5-8. This book would be great to have to use in ...more
Scott Volz
Based on a traditional Chinese folktale, Yep and Mak's The Dragon Prince is definitely an interesting variation on the "animal bridegroom" motif perhaps best known from Beauty and the Beast. Though the details are quite different from Western versions of the story, the general structure is certainly identifiable, though there are several interesting diversions. The enchanted prince of the tale is not the victim of a curse, but rather takes the dragon form as a means for testing true goodness. Al ...more
Brianna Mathes
A chinese family makes a living by working on their farm. But the seventh child doesnt have to do the dirty work outside. She gets to do her work inside, so all of her sisters are jealous especially the third sister(the seventh daughter is also the prettiest). One day a dragon comes to the farm and says that one of the farmer's daughters has to go with him or the farmer shall be the dragons next meal. None of them agree to the dragon except the seventh daughter. The dragon and the girl go on a ...more
Margaret Cobb
This book was an interesting twist on the traditional fairy tale as the Chinese culture influence much of the story line and imagery. The naming of the daughters by number (the order in which they were born) shows the lack of importance of each as an individual. In addition, the moral of the story that love is viewed through the heart, not the eyes. Even though Three tried to steal the dragon prince from Seven, the dragon prince was not fooled by the superficial feelings of Three. I think this b ...more
Jacki
A dragon threatens to eat a man unless one of his daughters marries him. His youngest accepts and the dragon takes her away. At his castle, he changes into a prince and they marry and live lavishly. She gets homesick and the prince lets her go back to visit. Her sister is jealous and pushes her into a river, taking her place. The prince notices and goes to look for his wife. Seven (the wife) ended up with an old woman, sad that her family betrayed her. The prince finds Seven after seeing her wea ...more
Mary Cate
This book has pretty illustrations and good language. The message is that good character wins out in the end and that greed and selfishness won't get you very far. I like this book but there are a lot of words on each page, which I think is sometimes not very good for children. It requires that they keep their attention focused on one page without anything new to look at. However, the story is pretty interesting and I could see myself re-reading it to a child several times.
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Phair
I love finding B&B stories from other cultures. This one was almost a combination of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. Also liked the double "beasts"- where both Beauty and the Beast must see beyond transformations. Rich looking illustrations by Kam Mak but I felt a jarring between the almost cartoonish dragon and the hyper realistic human figures. Backgrounds were very simple.
Andreaiu
A major departure from the classic French Beauty and the Beast tale. Like the traditional tale, the heroine sees through the outer façade of the beast and declares her love for him before his transformation, but the Prince also has to see through the façade of his own beast--the third sister--and realize that she is not his one true love. Interesting twist.
Beth
Mar 22, 2008 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: boys and girls age 4-6
Recommended to Beth by: found at the library
This is like a Chinese version of Cinderella. We found it at the library when Joey was in his "dragon" phase, and he liked this book, even though there was LOTS of text. The illustrations are stunningly beautiful, and the moral of the story is that it's important to be courageous and true.
Damore
Beautiful illustrations and story about truth and beauty. We used this as a supplement to our study of ancient China. My five and six year old boys were so inspired that they immediately began working on their own Chinese dragon illustrations after we read this book.
Camille
I think this book is really beautifully illustrated and I love this tale, which I learned from a storyteller before I actually read the book. It is easily adapted to a play structure or for a single storyteller if you're up for it!
Jane
A short & sweet tale of a girl from a poor family who agrees to marry a dragon. The narrative is a bit typical of stories packaged for a Western audience, I think, though. Kam Mak's illustrations are gorgeous.
Caitlin
A nice children's book with beautiful illustrations, however the story could have been better in my opinion. Still a a nice cultural version of Beauty and the Beast.
Jess
I read this when I was in elementary school, and I just remembered it now and am ordering it to my library to experience some nostalgia, an awesome book
Riley
I thought that The Dragon Prince was pretty cute, not necessarily the most classic tale, but still fun. It also had great illustrations.
Bonnie Pohlig
Wonderful book! Great language and nice pictures. Not terribly "Beauty and the Beast" ish in my opinion, but good all the same
Alyssa
Ok, so I accidentally came across this book in the library, and found out it is a children's picture book.
Bayla
I was a bit disappointed when I discovered that this was a picture book, but it was enjoyable anyway.
Mateo (pokemon time!) Rivera ;)
Ithought it was a very good book. This story is a version of beauty and the beast except with a dragon.
Teri
nice--my kids really liked this. The story was substantial and the illustrations were enchanting.
Amanda
Read it to my kids in class as part of a unit.
Jorge
Not my type of book!
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Born June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep. Franche Lee, her family's youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry. Yep's father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood. After ...more
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