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 Hu Wan and the sleeping dragon
 Author: Young, Judy

 Publisher:  Sleeping Bear Press (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 974456 ISBN: 9781585369775
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Farm life -- China -- Fiction
 Grandfathers -- Fiction
 Gourds -- Fiction
 Crickets as pets -- Fiction
 Kings and rulers -- Fiction
 China -- History -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644 -- Fiction

Price: $20.88

In 1572 Beijing, when a nine-year-old boy is named Emperor of China, Hu Wan offers the gift of a cricket cage carved from a gourd he and his grandfather grew.

 Illustrator: Solano, Jordi

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (09/15/17)
   Booklist (03/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2018 In 1572, Hu Wan works with his grandfather in their vegetable garden near the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Their specialty is growing gourds, which are shaped into useful kitchen utensils such as bowls and large spoons to be sold at their village market. Each spring, as the gourds begin to appear, Grandfather makes a clay mold into which one chosen gourd would grow, taking on the mold’s shape. When mature, the special gourd will be freed from its clay mold and carved into a cricket cage so the insect’s song could be enjoyed by the old man and his grandson. In Hu Wan’s ninth year, his grandfather gives him the opportunity to create the gourd cricket cage. How the boy shapes his gourd and what he chooses to do with it make a satisfying story of thoughtfulness and compassion. Muted colors and beautiful illustrations enhance the tale of a young peasant, his grandfather, and the new emperor, himself only a child of nine years of age. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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