The Truth About Dragons by Julie Leung

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The Truth About Dragons by Julie Leung (illustrated by Hanna Cha; Henry Holt & Company, 2023) captures two different dragon traditions with rich illustrations depicting each culture’s tradition in a style reminiscent of the culture. Leung picture book is told from the grandmother’s perspectives, as if telling the child the story. The distinct shift between illustration styles helped emphasize the dual nature of the biracial child’s heritage: Asian and European.

I’ve often thought the difference between dragon traditions what interesting: are dragons good or bad? I much preferred the lucky dragons as depicted in Asian traditions.

The Truth About Dragons was award a Caldecott Honor in January 2024.

Reviewed on March 25, 2024

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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