The Water Dragon by Li Jian
A Chinese Legend

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Long ago, in a remote village in China, there lived a kind and generous little boy. He spent his days in the forest, collecting wood to trade for food. One day, the boy made a wondrous discovery: a magic stone that caused his money jar and rice crocks to overflow, both of which he shared with the poor villagers.

But strange things began to happen. It no longer rained. The crops died. The rivers dried up. A terrible drought had struck and would not release its grip. The brave young boy, full of dreams of a white, water-spewing Dragon, took his magic stone on a journey—and discovered how to save his village.
 

About Li Jian

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Li Jian graduated from Hebei Normal University in 2001, majoring in Chinese Painting. Formerly a middle school art teacher, children's book editor and a partner in an illustration studio, Li now owns his own illustration studio focusing on illustrations for chhildren's fairy tales.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Shanghai Press. 42 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Chinese dragons are made up of the parts of other animals, and this tale’s eponymous water dragon has a snake’s skin, a fish’s scales, an eagle’s claws and a deer’s antlers.

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He dreams of a Water Dragon “dancing in the clouds and showering the land with much needed water,” and sets off to find it, meeting creatures who offer him pieces of their skin, claws, horns—equipment, apparently, for a fight with the “greedy red monster” each creature says Ah Bao will ...

Feb 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The Water Dragon: A Chinese L...

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The ending, beautifully told both with words and illustrations, will leave the readers pleasantly surprised.

Apr 23 2012 | Read Full Review of The Water Dragon: A Chinese L...

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