The Dragon Kite by Kenneth Steven


The Dragon Kite by Kenneth Steven

This is an exciting story about a boy and a dragon set in China long ago. Chang and his father live in a small village. Chang's father is a kite maker and Chang spends long days helping him. In the evenings with the rest of the villagers they gather to hear the storyteller's amazing tales. Their favourites are about the legendary dragons of long ago. Chang especially likes these dragons and he begs his father to make him a dragon kite. Once the beautiful kite is ready, Chang goes to test it out. But the wind rips the kite out of his hands. In despair, Chang follows the kite up the mountain and into the deep dark bowels of the volcano. Here, he comes across one of the dragons from the old stories and the two of them become friends. At the end of the book, there is useful and interesting information about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated around the world. Dragons are paraded in the streets at this time. A gripping text, with rich illustrations makes this suitable for children ready to read alone as well as to share with younger children at home or in the classroom. It is a wonderful adventure with mythical dragons. It features easy to read text, widely spaced and interspersed with illustrations. It provides information about Chinese New Year celebrations worldwide.


Beautifully written, the text effortlessly blends description and dialogue into a suspenseful story. Adding further tension and drama are the stunning illustrations - large and luminous watercolours, lyrical in content and swirling with movement and luscious colour ... This is an elegant book, exquisitely illustrated -- Anne Faundez Rich and exotic colour illsutrations adorn every page, making this a visual treat and a great book for Year 3 and 4 readers to share Literacy Time Plus

About the Author

Kenneth Steven

Kenneth Steven is a versatile Scottish author who finds much of his inspiration in the landscape and people of northern Scotland. Kenneth began writing at the age of 12 and his first novel was published when he was 16. He now writes for both adults and children, from fiction, poetry and picture books (including The Sea Mice and the Stars which was short-listed for the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Awards) to handbooks on the art of crafting and publishing poetry.

Kenneth also writes for broadcast (he was awarded a Gold Sony Radio Award in 2006 for his programme on St Kilda) and his fluency in Norwegian enables him to work on translations (his translation of Lars Saabye Christensen’s The Half Brother saw him long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and short-listed for the international IMPAC Award). Kenneth particularly loves the freedom that writing provides: the finding and weaving of stories and the ability to create a new world. Kenneth frequently presents his work to adults and children. He also offers himself as Writer in Residence to schools and the wider community.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 7 from 7 to 9 To 9


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Tamarind Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

1st July 2007



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