"The graceful book design and elegant Japanese calligraphy..."

In Japan, a farmer's son is more interested in making lanterns than cultivating rice. As his father teaches him how to plant seedlings, the boy studies dragonflies. Inspired by their beauty, he designs a splendid dragonfly lantern but loses it to a gust of wind that blows it away, starting a fire. Drawn to the fire, the Emperor admires the lad's lanterns and makes him the official lantern maker in the Imperial Palace. Set in long ago Japan, the original story follows a familiar pattern and serves as a vehicle for the beautiful scratchboard art. The graceful book design and elegant Japanese calligraphy complement the formal tone of the illustrations. An introductory note explains that dragonflies were associated with a bountiful rice harvest and the dragonfly image became one of the emblems of the Emperor.
 

Linda Perkins - Booklist

"...a wondrous paper dragonfly lamp..."

The Paper Dragonfly is a simple children's picturebook set in feudal Japan. A young boy named Kiyoshi loves making paper lanterns far more than learning the practical skills of farming; fascinated by dragonflies, he crafts a wondrous paper dragonfly lamp that glides virtually of its own accord. When his lamp accidentally starts a fire, the boy is despondent - but the lamp's beauty, as well as its danger, has attracted Imperial attention, and the Emperor himself desires the boy's services as the best lampmaker in the land! A gentle tale artfully presented with illustrations loosely reminiscent of traditional Japanese artwork.

Midwest Book Review

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