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The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful

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Opposites Mei and Wei may be small, but when they work together they are mighty enough to face a dragon.

When a fearsome dragon takes over their village bridge, twin sisters Mei and Wei have opposing views of how to fix the problem. Wei wants nothing more than to confront that stinky old dragon head on, but Mei favors a more thoughtful approach. With Wei's confidence a
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fairy-Tale Fans / Dragon Lovers / Readers Looking for Asian-Inspired Fantasy for Young Kids
Wei and Mei were twin sisters, born the same year that the dragon Frightful took up residence on the Dan-Tat Bridge in their village. Wei was bold and daring, while Mei was quiet and retiring, but whatever they did, they did together, because they were sisters. Over the years, encouraged by their auntie, Wei attempted to frighten Frightful, always assisted by a reluctant Mei. Then one day, reading the books in Madam Liu's library, the quiet Mei stumbled on a piece of information that could chang ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Ying-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful by Nancy Tupper Ling, Illustrated by Andrea Offermann. PICTURE BOOK. GP Putnam Sons (Penguin). 2018. $18.00. 9781419727573



Wei and Mei are twins –with very different personalities. Mei is thoughtful and plans, while Wei is all bravery and makes quick decisions. When a dragon name Frightful lands on the bridge in their village –the villagers are blocked from the easy route to the market. Wei
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delightful modern day folktale with a whiff of the three billy goats gruff.
Marg Corjay
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story of two sisters who come together to solve a problem, although they are total opposites in personality. Easy to relate to them as they go about tackling the dragon problem in their town. The illustrations are beautifully detailed and the style and colors add an authentic flavor to the narrative.
Mary Lee
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The two sisters have very different strengths, and together they defeat the dragon.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Twins bring their strengths to confront a fearsome dragon.
A Chinese proverb says that one must eat bitter in order to taste sweet. The dragon Frightful has been making the villagers eat bitter for years, by blocking the easy bridge leading to the market. Twins Mei and Wei use their individual strengths to try to change the dragon's mind. More bitter (Wei's kung fu) doesn't work. It is Mei's offer of sweet buns that does the trick! The dragon becomes a happy friend with the literal taste of something sweet. A charming story accompanied by richly detaile ...more
Edward Sullivan
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, china
Twin sisters who are opposite but stick together stand up to a fearsome dragon that threatens their village.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's up to two sisters with differing personalities to get rid of the village dragon. Enchanting illustrations.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well told story and terrific illustrations.
Becky B
Twin sisters Mei and Wei are born the day that Frightful the dragon takes over the convenient bridge. Villagers are dismayed at having to hike so long to get from one side of the canyon to the other now. Mei and Wei's auntie prophesies that the two girls will frighten the dragon away some day. Mei is boisterous and energetic as she grows and is ready to take on that dragon with her fists. Wei is much more reserved and prefers to work quietly with her hands or read. But each time Mei rushes to co ...more
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow to the illustrations! I love the physicality of the sisters that comes across so well in the pictures. Two sisters grow up and their aunt predicts they will be the one to defeat a dragon that has been terrorizing their town and blocking the bridge. I liked that the sisters always worked together, and how the shy sister always ran after the rash sister even though she was nervous. So though it was technically the shy sister who found the solution, it was her sister in danger that empo ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
With colorful pictures and a set of twins who are as different as night and day, this picture book entertains with its notion that a problem can be approached from two sets of views and be equally fixed by both. The ending is as surprising as it is unconventional. But then you would expect no less from a story about a pair of brave girls.

Sweet and sour, active and passive, bold yet cautious, this children’s book will appeal to the meek and the brave.
The Yin and the Yang are the Chinese principles of the complementing features of male and female traits. In this story, two twin girls (one brave and tough, the other meek and with a love of learning) are born in a village that is tortured by a frightful dragon. The girls team up to use their unique set of skills to bring the reign of terror down. Told with a folktale feel. Great Chinese looking village in the drawings.

Moral: a soft answer turns away wrath?
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A unique tale that talks about finding your strengths and then stepping out of your comfort zone, would have liked a little more balance between the sisters and more of the dragon talking if he was going to at the end.
Alyssa Gudenburr
This story reads like a Chinese fable with two sisters and a dragon. I enjoyed this story and how the problem was solve with both strength and kindness. The book is small and the pictures are very detailed so this would make a better one-on-one story.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun, fantasy tale illustrating the strength of the flow between yin energy and yang energy. Love the bond between the sisters. Love the dragon sleeping on the bridge illustration.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent illustrations and story of sisters who complement each other.
Kris Dersch
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Illustrations were great. Story was all right.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Original story with detailed illustrations invite a close read!
Raven Black
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Fantastic illustrations
Melissa Mcavoy
Great illustrations but the story was quite predictable and not terribly satisfying
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Engaging picture book about the individual strengths of a set of twins; gorgeous illustrations and lots of cultural references for children.
I thought the story wak okay. I didn't like the illustrations...not for a picture book.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A generous tale of two sisters with different strengths who encourage each other and express themselves as individuals. Then they work together to help their family and their community. The reader sees the middle way to problem-solving in partnership and also learns empathy for others. And the Dragon? Maybe he can find a middle way too. A fun adventure told gently with colorful detailed illustrations.
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Nancy Tupper Ling is a children's author, poet, librarian, and domestic engineer, not necessarily in that order. An award-winning author, Ling has numerous publications in poetry journals. In 2005 she became the recipient of the Writer's Digest Grand Prize. In 2009 her first picture book, My Sister, Alicia May was published by Pleasant St. Press. This story is about a little girl with Down syndrom ...more

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