Contrary to their reputation in European mythology as evil, fire breathing monsters, in Chinese culture, dragons symbolise power, strength, intelligence and well deserved good luck. The dragon is the animal chosen to represent the most auspicious year in the Chinese zodiac.
Young Australian author, Tommy Shen, a precocious nine years of age, draws on his mother Jessie’s Chinese heritage to bring you Book About Dragons (They are not bad). As the subtitle suggests, Tommy’s dragons are not at all bad. As the young author explains in the introduction: “Dragons are loving and kind! They love sharing their love and wisdom!”
Book About Dragons describes 88 different kinds of dragons, and the relationships between them. In doing so, it not only amuses and entertains by way of the unexpected quirks of many of the beasts, but subtly distils the pearls of wisdom that are “the heart of every dragon”.
Although Book About Dragons is steeped in Chinese mythology, its themes are universal. Tommy begins by asking readers, “Do you believe in or have you seen a dragon? Do you believe you are a powerful dragon born to become a superhero?” He then proclaims: “I have many, many stories about dragons to tell you. You just need to start to believe… We are the sisters and brothers from the same dragon family across the universe”.
As well as being a meditation on themes such as the magic of childhood and the love and connectedness shared by all humanity, Book about Dragons tells the story of a little boy’s love for his family, his search for understanding and his emerging belief in something bigger than all of us.
Book About Dragons is a children’s book that will captivate parents and children alike, filling them with the wonder of the world seen through the eyes of a very special little boy.
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