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The Last Dragon

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An old ten-man dragon in a Chinatown shop window turns Peter Chang's summer visit to Great Aunt, which he had been dreading, into an exciting adventure. The Last Dragon's silk is faded and torn, and its eyes are gone, but Peter finds people willing to help restore the dragon to life-Great Aunt's mahjongg friends, a tailor, a kite maker, a street artist-and learns his way a ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 24th 1995 by Clarion Books
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Tara Mensing
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is about a boy who visits his mother's old aunt, who lives in Chinatown. The boy spends the summer with her and though he didn't want to go at first, it doesn't take long for him to start enjoying his stay and eventually decides he finds that he doesn't want to leave.
It's interesting to point out that the Grandmother didn't like the dragon the boy got from the store at first but her perspective changes as well just like the boy's perspective changed as well.
This would be a great book
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian
I really like this book by Susan Miho Nunes about a young boy who is sent to live with his great aunt in Chinatown for the summer. He misses his parents and his friends and is sad until he sees an old ratty dragon in a shop window and he decides he must have it; his great aunt buys it for him. He spends the summer befriending various people in the neighborhood who help him fix and repair the old ratty dragon to its former magnificent shape. The boy's summer with his great aunt is one that he wil ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I found it too frustrating not to be able to make out the dragon in the blotch of faded colors. I mean, I get it, the point is that it takes a neighborhood to turn such a large bundle of trash into such an important treasure. But the boy saw the dragon right away, even covered in cobwebs... Ah well. I also am not comfortable with the jumpiness of the story; it seemed like I was continually missing paragraphs or pages. Again, that was intentional, to keep the concise focus on the boy and the drag ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
The reader learns a bit about Chinatown as they follow Peter's story of visiting different shops to get various parts of his giant dragon puppet repaired. This is the large sort of Chinese dragons that are paraded around on the streets during a festival, with several people holding up the head, body and tail. In fact, Peter's aunt called it a ten-man dragon. Soentpiet's watercolor illustrations capture the sights and cultural uniqueness of this Chinatown. However, the book never says in which ci ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like this book.
Hector Gutierrez
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book teaches children about exploring there own culture and giving it a shot instead of ignoring it. I would use this book when transitioning into a new unit of study or if I want my students to be more receptive to new cultures. This book also shows a sense of self pride that all students should have about their own culture
Jeanene Nickerson
Apr 21, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a good book with some good imagery. The story is about a boy who learns more about his culture. This would be a good story to read around the Chinese New Year to introduce a lesson about the importance of the dragon to Chinese culture.
Apr 03, 2008 rated it liked it
I liked the illustrations and the story, but the writing felt really chopped up and didn't really flow for me.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Mom checked this book out at the library. I started reading it a few different times, but never read through to the end.
Jan 25, 2012 added it
Shelves: k12, read-aloud, holidays
Long read aloud about a boy who connects with his great aunt. Community comes together to help the boy refurbish a dragon.
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Sweet and satisfying. I wish that this were the way life really is.
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