Dragon Raises Head is one of the titles in the Snowflake Books series: Animal Signs. Quoted from ancient Chinese legends, all about the legendary animal race, these stories are well known and loved by Chinese children. Thus, the books provide an informal and accessible way to introduce western children to an important aspect of Chinese life and culture at home, and introduce diversity studies into education.
Each book tells the story of one of the animals of Chinese zodiac signs, which are also used as names of years in the Chinese calendar. In Dragon the jade emperor raises his head, the legendary ruler of heaven, angry of the Chinese people because, for the first time, dared to choose a woman as emperor.
The jade emperor controls the legendary "dragon kings", whom the Chinese believe to be running rain and storms. Dragons are asked to stop all the rain and there is a catastrophic drought.
Desperate people pray to heaven, and in one night the rain returns. When an old man sees a dragon on the mountain, he seems to be asleep, deceiving him because he forgets to bring rain.
But, the dragon protests, brought rain, under the cover of the race of animals. Now, as punishment, he is doomed to crush forever under a huge rock "even a yellow bean flower," but no one knows what it is.
When the old man tells his village, a clever child works that the yellow bean flowers are the pop-up corn. Emancipated people provide many cheetahs and produce gentle dragons.
With all the stories of traditional Chinese animals, their misleading simplicity is a means of displaying the richness and diversity of personality and human feeling. The Chinese believe that the animal's age of the person's birth affects the personality; the animals in these myths are somewhat exposed to their tower qualities.
Here the courageous dragon disobeys orders to do what he thinks is true, but not only is he punished, he can not be sacrificed for the first time by people. The Emperor Wu Zi Tian lived 624-705 AD, and it is very likely that any extreme weather is the cause of her unusual joining.
This is a completely new version of the old legend, rewritten in simple English, suitable for reading, for young children, or by older children who learn Mandarin. Full bilingual text with encoded key words and Mandarin English vocabulary.
The parallel text in Pinyin, using the Roman alphabet, allows readers to pronounce Chinese characters. Buying a book allows access to a mobile e-book with audio in English and / or Chinese.
High production quality, with good quality paper, full original colorful illustrations by Chinese artists on each page, traditional imitation.
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