Arlene Chan is a librarian with the Toronto Public Library,
primarily responsible for the bookmobile and home library services.
She has written two previous books, The Spirit of the Dragon:
The Story of Jean Lumb, a Proud Canadian Citizen and
The Moon Festival: A Chinese Mid-autumn festival. She can
often be seen paddling a dragon boat on Lake Ontario. On land,
Arlene Chan makes her home in Toronto with her husband and two
Song Nan Zhang was born in Shanghai, China and studied at China's leading art college, the Beijing Central Institute of Fine Arts. He also studied at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Song Nan Zhang has illustrated several books for Tundra. He now lives with his wife in Montreal.
Gr 2-5-Dragon-boat racing, one of the fastest growing sports around the world, has a long tradition in Chinese culture. Chan explains the historical significance of the dragon and the festival, including the customs and folklore connected with the races. Variations in the way different regions celebrate the festival are also presented. Descriptions of the dragon boats, the team members and their responsibilities, and their preparation and training are included. Chinese words, such a zongzi or kui, are defined within the text. Concise writing holds readers' interest. Vibrant, colorful paintings encourage youngsters to pore over the details in each illustration. This is an engaging look at the traditions of this ancient culture and the story behind the modern-day sport.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Vibrant, colorful paintings encourage youngsters to pore over the
details in each illustration. This is an engaging look at the
traditions of this ancient culture and the story behind the
-- School Library Journal
"Through beautiful illustrations and clear text ... Chan
explains the ... Dragon Boat Festival ... Awakening the
Dragon is a great book...."
-- Resource Links "Arlene Chan and Song Nan Zhang explore the many manifestations of the dragon boat festival -- Zhang in highly detailed, wonderfully vibrant paintings ..."
-- Globe and Mail