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Dream-of-Jade: The Emperor's Cat

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No ordinary man is permitted to see the great Kwan-Yu, emperor of China, but this doesn't stop the beautiful, green-eyed Dream-of-Jade, since she is not an ordinary man, but a rather unusual cat. When Dream-of-Jade decides she wants to see His Highness, she simply slips into the empty throne room and sits upon the imperial throne. When Kwan-Yu arrives, she does not give up ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 11th 2005 by Cricket Books
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Adriana Devoy
Jan 08, 2014 Adriana Devoy rated it it was amazing
"In the Forbidden City of the Celestial Emperor Kwan-Yu lived a white cat with such beautiful green eyes that she was called Dream-of-Jade."

So begins these five tales of a bold and clever cat who steals into the Imperial Chamber one day, leaps onto the throne, and dares look directly at the Emperor. The cat escapes punishment by saving the Emperor's life, who then confers upon the cat the title of Imperial Feline. In another tale, the Emperor falls ill and the Farseeing Astrologer and other Lea
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Anne Nydam
Jan 08, 2014 Anne Nydam rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebook
The first thing you need to understand is that even though this has lovely full-page paintings illustrating every page, it's very text heavy. The second thing you need to know is not only that there's a lot of text, but that most of the dialogue is written in a very elevated style that can be way over the heads of young listeners. So, just remember that this is really not a picture book for the typical young picture book listener. That said, I love this book! The elevated dialogue I mentioned is ...more
Dolly
Jan 08, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
This is an entertaining book about a cat who becomes a trusted advisor to the Chinese emperor. The narrative is comprised of five short stories that we read over two nights. The stories are fun to read aloud and often have a good moral lesson, but the vocabulary is a bit advanced. The oil painting illustrations are gorgeous and convey an older time in China. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

interesting quote:

"'Children?' said Kwan-Yu. 'Ah, yes. I have heard of such beings. I never re
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Joseph Rizzo
Aug 31, 2014 Joseph Rizzo rated it really liked it
This is a clever childrens book that will be enjoyed by adults as well. There are 4 stories within the book that are all centered on the cat of the chinese emporer set during medievel / imperial china. It doesn't specify all that, but you can tell.

The cat outwits everyone in each of the stories and shows herself to be superior in all things.

Lloyd Alexander was very fond of his cats and they are an important recurrnign character in all his works.
Jaime Johnson
Jul 17, 2012 Jaime Johnson rated it liked it
The main characters of this book are Dream-of-Jade and the Emperor, Kwan-Yu. The setting is China and the point of view is from a narrator. The book is broken down into five stories or chapters. The stories are all about how the emperor's cat and himself became good friends. The cat always made him laugh and always entertained him and eventually helped him make some important decisions. The style in which the text is written is very enjoyable. It is witty and funny and although it's known as a ...more
Catherine  Mustread
My immersion in Lloyd Alexander continues. Dream-of-Jade reminds me of Alexander's Time Cat, as one section of Time Cat has a young emperor adopting kittens and learning from them. This short illustrated chapter book is published in picture book format and has striking art work by D. Brent Burkett.

A total of five stories (or chapters) about the Emperor and his cat, some of which were originally published in Cricket magazine in 1976. Perhaps due to my non-fondness for cats I found some of these
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Logan
We started this book ages ago and just never got back to it. I think the language is a bit too formal and long-winded for Logan and that's saying a lot, as we read many older books with more stilted language. We've liked other Lloyd Alexander books, but I think we'll try this one later.
Mas5thgrade2013
Mar 29, 2013 Mas5thgrade2013 rated it really liked it
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Dream-of-Jade is the story of a cat who changed the way the emperor Kwan Yu lived. This story takes place long ago in China. I think that the author's purpose for writing this book is to explain how Celestial Emperors' lives where a long time ago.


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Dec 05, 2011 Ria rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Lloyd Alexander is such an amazing author, and I consider this one of his best books of all time.
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This children's read has all of Lloyd Alexanders classic humor! His clever mix of fable and plain old good sense is why he was my favorite author when I was a kid.
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Lloyd Chudley Alexander (January 30, 1924 - May 17, 2007) was an influential American author of more than forty books, mostly fantasy novels for children and adolescents, as well as several adult books. His most famous contribution to the field of children's literature is the fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. The concluding book of the series, The High King, was awarded the Newbery Medal i ...more
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