The Mystery Of Dragon Bridge: A Peach Blossom Village Story by Ann HowardThe Mystery Of Dragon Bridge: A Peach Blossom Village Story by Ann Howard

The Mystery Of Dragon Bridge: A Peach Blossom Village Story

byAnn Howard

Paperback | August 26, 2014

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When Peach Blossom Village's bridge disappears, Master Chen must solve the mystery! The Mystery of Dragon Bridge is an English-Chinese bilingual children's fantasy story. The tale revolves around the inhabitants of Peach Blossom Village and the mysterious Dragon Bridge—the villagers' only connection to the outside world—which suddenly vanishes in the middle of the night. The astonished villagers appoint a retired soldier, Master Chen, to investigate what has happened to their missing bridge. What he finds will surprise readers as much as it did the perplexed villagers! Both a satisfying mystery story and a lesson in working together for the community, preserving the environment, and appreciating what is often taken for granted, The Mystery of Dragon Bridge can be enjoyed by younger children and intermediate readers alike. The short, easy-to-read story is presented in both English and simplified Chinese, with vocabulary suitable for students aged 7 to 10, and features 12 beautiful watercolors painted by the author.
Author and illustrator Ann Howard was born in a small town in "Butterfly Valley," deep in the mountains of Taiwan. She spent her childhood wandering the hillsides, chasing butterflies and dragonflies and sketching everything she saw. She has been a professional artist most of her adult life, painting surreal oils and watercolor illustr...
Title:The Mystery Of Dragon Bridge: A Peach Blossom Village StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.3 × 7.1 × 0.15 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:North Atlantic BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1583948139

ISBN - 13:9781583948132


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Missing Bridges and Mysterious Dragons I love books about dragons, well Chinese dragons, that is (not the fire-breathing, damsel-chomping Western beasts). Kids stories are particularly interesting because of the illustrations that adorn the fables. Because of that, I was particularly taken with writer/illustrator Ann Howard's new picture book. The watercolor illustrations are highly detailed and beautifully rendered. The cover painting has such depth and personality that you just want to know that dragon better. Several of the paintings occupy two-page spreads and are a real feast for the eye. But, as Walt Disney once said, you must begin with a story; and this cleverly-crafted original tale, that sounds like a centuries-old fable, really draws you in from the very beginning. The mystery and the final solution were both delightful and surprising. I bought some additional copies to give to the young and young at heart in my family. The book is written in English but also features bilingual translation in Chinese. It should be a great 'read to' or read along' for kids depending on their age
Date published: 2014-09-13

Editorial Reviews

"An old stone bridge connects the small village of Peach Blossom with the outside world. When the villagers awake and find it missing, Master Chen investigates, only to realize that the bridge was a sleeping dragon who was so neglected by the villagers that he grew ill and had to fly away. Master Chen then comes up with a way for the village to apologize to the dragon and get a new bridge. Written in English and Simplified Chinese characters, this straightforward original tale features a dozen full-color water color illustrations, five of which occupy entire page spreads. Additionally, there are smaller black-and-white sketches interspersed with the text. While the trim size and page count suggests a picture book, there are several text-only page spreads, making this title better suited for independent reading or one-on-one sharing. A match for fans of longer illustrated folktales and fairy tales who are looking for something new." —School Library Journal