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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
Rating:*****
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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There are several reasons why I feel this is a good book. For one, I feel the illustrations within the story, are truly beautiful. Since the storyline has several intricate characters, the pictures greatly help the reader visually, and also help with comprehension. The two main characters within the story are a little boy, whose nose is constantly runny, and a king dragon. Without the illustrations of these two characters, I would have had trouble visualizing their appearance. In addition to the illustrations, I also liked how the story pushes readers to think about appreciation. Though the Dragon King sent the poor man the little boy, to grant him wishes on command, the poor man always wanted more. In the end, the poor man’s greed caused him to lose possession of the lucky boy, and in turn lost all the wishes the little boy had granted him. The main idea to this story is thankfulness. If the poor man had been thankful to the Dragon King and lucky boy, the poor man would have been able to keep all of the wishes he was granted. ( )
  KimKolb | Nov 28, 2014 |
Traditional Japanese folktale about a poor flower seller who is gifted a "snot-nose boy" from the dragon king who lives in the water. He must feed the boy a specific intricate meal each day, and will be rewarded with riches if he does so, but his greed gets the better of him and he abandons the boy and loses his fortune.
  lrubin75 | Oct 12, 2014 |
A poor flower seller drops some flowers into the sea as a gift for the dragon king and in return gets a snot-nosed little boy! However, this little boy can grant wishes, however when the flower seller becomes greedy after the little boy grants his wishes and forgets the value of "thank-you", he shuts the little boy out of his palace, but in doing so, loses all he wished for.
  ashleykalar | Oct 4, 2014 |
The poor flower seller was once generous. He couldn’t sell any of his flowers so he gave all of his flowers to the dragon palace, Because of his kind and un selfish action, in return the dragon palace gave him a gift, a little boy. This little boy gave the flower seller anything he asked for as long as he did what he was told (to make and feed him a certain kind of food). The flower seller became more and more greedy. He wanted more and there was never enough. Soon when he had all the luxury, he was tired feeding the boy every day and sent him away. Then instantly, his house became nothing but an old wooden hut.
  rleung | Jun 26, 2014 |
An easy to like folktale, with a common lesson. Children will delight in the snotty-nosed dragon boy. This book could be used in a comparison with like-tales from other cultures. ( )
  mariekagreene | Jan 26, 2014 |
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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.

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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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