Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon

S. & S. Dec. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534463639.
PreS-K–When Ms. Mary reads a picture book about dragons to her class, Amy Wu, whom readers first met in Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao, is intrigued by these new creatures. Afterward, Ms. Mary sets the students loose to come up with their own dragons. Amy knows what she wants to create, but she can’t translate her ideas to the page. She decides to work on it at home, and after her pink-haired grandmother tells dragon tales, Amy roots around in the attic, where she finds the remnants of a dragon like those used for Chinese New Year parades. Amy, with the help of friends and family, crafts a patchwork hybrid dragon, neither fully Chinese nor completely European, which is a hit when they return to the classroom. Amy is Asian American; her classmates are depicted with a range of skin tones. Pair this with Bruce Edward Hall and William Low’s Henry & the Kite Dragon for a rousing story time.
VERDICT This lovely book for the younger crowd offers some fun activities and shows how one great tale can lead to another.

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