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Awakening the Dragon: The Dragon Boat Festival
Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang. Tundra Books, 2004. 20p. Illus. Gr. 4-6. 0-88776-656-0. Hdbk. $22.99
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Through beautiful illustrations and clear text, in Awakening the Dragon: The Dragon Boat Festival, Chan explains the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival. Some believe that the festival originated as a way to honour the River Dragon, in the hopes that this would ensure enough rain for a bountiful harvest. Another theory is that the festival is in memory of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese poet. The book then draws on Chinese customs surrounding …