The Boy from the Dragon Palace (Paperback)

By Margaret Read MacDonald, Sachiko Yoshikawa (Illustrator)

Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807575147, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/1/2011)
Library Binding (7/26/2012)

List Price: 7.99*
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One day, a poor flower seller 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 what will happen if he forgets the meaning of "thank you?"

About the Author

Margaret Read MacDonald's most recent books include The Boy from the Dragon Palace and How Many Donkeys?An Arabic Counting Tale. She lives in Washington where she works as a Children’s Librarian and maps out her whimsical tales. Sachiko Yoshikawa moved to the United States from Japan in 1988 to study art. She has illustrated numerous books for young readers, such as Beach is to Fun (named Best Children's book of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education) and What is Science? (a finalist in the Children's Science Picture Book category of the 2007 SB&F Prize).

Praise For The Boy from the Dragon Palace

“Children, predictably, will enjoy the boy’s snuffling of nose and slurping of soup. And…Yoshikawa’s drawings are lovely and adorable.” —The New York Times

"MacDonald’s lively retelling of this folktale is bound to fascinate kids; after all, who can resist a tale with a snot-nosed boy?” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

“MacDonald’s retelling of this Japanese folktale is lyrical and the illustrations are lush and a feast for the eyes.” —Library Media Connection

“Those sharing the story aloud will have a particularly good time.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books