The Moon Dragon is a beautifully illustrated folk tale that originates in China, and Jerry and I just love it. It’s the story of Ling Po, a boastful young man who sits apart from his community, refusing to join their activities and criticising their achievements.
And when he begins another round of boasting (at the annual spring kite making festival) bragging he can build a kite that might fly to the moon, the Emperor hears of his boast and proclaims he will attend the flight launch. Now for the first time in his life, Ling Po is forced to follow through on his claims and must begin making a kite with the whole of China looking on.
The book is very well told and the story unfolds beautifully. Jerry and I laughed and laughed all the way through, especially at Ling Po’s funny arrival on the moon and his ultimate lesson in humility.
This is a quality book that weaves an important message in character development through a funny story and stunning illustrations. I recommend it to children and young readers everywhere.