Demi's Dragons and Fantastic Creatures by Demi

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This exquisite picture book opens in two-, three-, and four-page spreads to display a magnificent treasury of dragons and creatures from Chinese lore. Each spirit is acompanied by a witty verse that explains the creature's traditional wisdom. Full color.
 

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Demi became fascinated with Buddhism at the age of three, when she chose a small golden statue of the Buddha at a five-and-dime store. At age twenty-one she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study art in India, where she walked in the footsteps of the Buddha. She has practiced Buddhism for twenty years, along with her husband, Tze-si Huang. In researching the art for "Buddha," she drew from Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, and Indonesian paintings, sculptures, and sutra illustrations, particularly Pahari and Chamba Indian miniature paintings. For the story of the Buddha's life, Demi relied on her library of more than 82,000 books, most of which relate to Buddhism. Demi is the author and illustrator of many books, including "The Empty Pot," "The Magic Tapestry," "The Firebird," and "The Magic Gold Fish," She lives in Carnation, Washington.
 
Published November 1, 1993 by Henry Holth & Co (J). 16 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Against his magic horse's advice, Dimitri brings the Czar a feather from the Firebird, but the ungrateful Ivan demands that Dimitri fetch him the entire bird.

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Opulent with gold, expansive with foldout double spreads, and lush with decorative collages of Demi's signature marbled- paper designs, creatures bedecked with multiple mini-images of themselves and other creatures, and oriental imagery: an affectionate celebration of Chinese dragons in all their...

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Mother Teresa's subsequent work in India and around the globe treating the sick, homeless, dying and unloved earned her recognition and accolades, though "always one to practice deep humility, Mother Teresa was reluctant to be singled out and given such honors."

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Author-illustrator Demi (Rumi: Whirling Dervish) does her usual visually stunning work in this illustrated biography of the storied Joan of Arc, a patron saint of France.

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This fast-paced retelling of an ancient Chinese fairy tale revolves around the search for a stolen tapestry.

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A Chinese boy with an green thumb wins the emperor's competition;

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When Rani returns some grains of rice that spilled from one of the raja's baskets, the ruler gives the girl the reward she requests: one grain of rice on that day, and for 29 subsequent days, double the amount of rice as the day before.

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Demi's latest folktale, The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey, touched with gold foil, celebrates that nation's aesthetic with a story revolving around a wise man, Nasrettin Hoca.

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The beloved saint gets colorful treatment from Demi, who retells his biography at length, beginning at the beginning, when Francis was born in a stable in Assisi in 1182.

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She chronicles New Year celebrations against delicate landscapes of Chinese houses and fields, with pictures of children preparing for the holiday, a listing of foods and their special significance (e.g., ""Taffy candy, T'ang-kua, is for the Kitchen God, Tsun Kuan"") as well as the Lantern F...

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In a fable similar to her The Empty Pot, Demi uses an emperor's riddle to demonstrate The Greatest Power.

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The well-researched narrative opens with a chronicle of the kind, charismatic Muhammad's early years, leading up to his first encounter with Gabriel and his subsequent role as the primary "voice of Islam" proclaiming "the message of God, preaching the existence of only one God, the importance of ...

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In her typically well-researched picture-book-biography style, Demi (Muhammad) explores the man and the myths (and the red suit and sleighful of toys).

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Sophisticated yet accessible to youngsters, Demi's art displays a pleasing symmetry and an intriguingly varied scale, effectively balancing minute details and larger, more encompassing symbols.

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Sagely realizing that neither fellow is at fault, the ruler instead imprisons the donkey and the rock on which the oil was set.

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Demi's meticulous, expansive story highlights the achievements of Alexander the Great, who conquered much of the known world (to the Greeks) in only 12 years.

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Here, it is a stonecutter who is granted his wishes to be turned into ever more powerful entities--until he learns, predictably, that ``being a stonecutter is best after all.'' Burnished gold backgrounds made of Chinese silk fill each spread, canvases for Demi's delicate pen-and-ink drawings and ...

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Demi’s account of 15th-century Chinese explorer Zheng He is enlivened by images of the dazzling wealth his fleet carried back to China: “Precious ambergris used for medicine, cowrie shells, sapphires, rubies, oriental topaz, and Persian carpets filled the Forbidden City.” His 62 “Treasure...

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An opulent novelty book, this collection of poems about insects will delight Demi fans with its gilded illustrations and ornate designs that virtually burst the confines of the page.

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