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The Boy from the Dragon Palace (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Margaret Read MacDonald, Sachiko Yoshikawa (Illustrator)

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Title:The Boy from the Dragon Palace
Authors:Margaret Read MacDonald
Other authors:Sachiko Yoshikawa (Illustrator)
Info:Albert Whitman & Company (2011), Library Binding, 32 pages
Collections:Multicultural Text Set, K-2nd Grade Readers, Multicultural Books, Traditional Fantasy, Picturebooks, Favorites
Tags:Greed, Laziness, Japan, Folktale, Rich

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The Boy from the Dragon Palace by Margaret Read MacDonald (2011)



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A poor flower seller can not sell his flowers so he offers them up to the Dragon King under the
sea. He is rewarded with a small boy who “...had the snottiest nose you ever did see!” He was
told that this boy would give him good luck, provided that he serve him shrimp cooked in
vinegar and sugar. When the boy was fed his shrimp by the man, the flower seller would ask for
many different forms of riches and the boy would blow his nose and grant whatever the man
wanted. The man is far too greedy and wishes for more and more things, continuously believing
that having to take care of the boy between wish grantings was a nuisance.
This book shares the concept of always be grateful for what you have and always remember to say thank you. ( )
  JuliaTrinchero | Mar 4, 2017 |
A poor flower seller did not sell any of his flowers so he offered them to the dragon king. The dragon king gave them poor man a snotty nosed child with the instructions that he will bring you luck but must be feed shrimp and rice. The man feed the child and received amazing things in return including a house, gold, servants, and everything he could possibly want. The man, now with all of his new possessions, did not want the child to bother him anymore so he pushed him out side the gate of his new palace. All of the wishes granted were taken back and the man was poor once again. When the snotty nosed boy returned to the dragon king he told him that "You just can't help some humans... he never said thank you."
  mefellers | Aug 4, 2015 |
Read for Folklore Assignment
  MindyTran | Mar 19, 2015 |
I taught an art class on folk tales from around the world last year to 7-9 year old kids, and read them this book for inspiration. I thought it was a really great and complex story with a lot of lessons to be learned. Although it is an ancient story, the illustrations look fresh and modern
  ssho2 | Mar 16, 2015 |
I enjoyed this story and felt like it had a good moral, "don't be greedy." The pictures are fun and the story is entertaining, although somewhat cliche.
  noah23 | Mar 14, 2015 |
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This cautionary Japanese folktale offers an evergreen lesson: Be careful what you wish for. In this case, Aladdin’s genie is the son of the Dragon King, a boy with “the snottiest nose you ever did see!” As long as he is fed shrimp soup, he grants his keeper’s every wish. Children, predictably, will enjoy the boy’s snuffling of nose and slurping of soup. Parents will like the parable against greed. And despite the tale’s ick factor, Yoshikawa’s drawings are lovely and adorable.

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For Matilda Lucy and Cordelia Skye,

who always say, "That's enough . . . thank you!" -- M.R.M.
For my parents

And with special thanks to Mikako Miyazaki. -- S.Y.
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A poor flower seller found no one to buy his flowers.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807575135, Library Binding)

One day, a poor flower sellers drops his leftover flowers into the sea as a gift for the Dragon King. What does he get in return? A little snot-nosed boy--with the power to grant wishes! Soon the flower seller is rich, but when he forgets the meaning of "thank you," he loses everything once again. "You just can't help some humans," say the snot-nosed little boy and the Dragon King.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:34 -0400)

A magical boy grants a poor flower-seller's every wish until the greedy and ungrateful man grows tired of the boy's unpleasant behavior and sends him away.

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