Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon – Kat Zhang, illustrated by Charlene Chua

 Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon – Kat Zhang, illustrated by Charlene Chua, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, (9781534463639), 2020

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?   After listening to a story about dragons, Amy Wu’s class are challenged to make their own dragon during craft time.  When Amy draws an eastern style dragon with a long thin body and no wings, her classmates are skeptical and she loses her confidence.  She tries making dragons like her classmates, but they don’t feel right.  After school two of Amy’s friends come over and her Grandmother tells them stories about eastern dragons.  Amy remembers that she has part of a dragon dance costume in the attic and she gets an idea.  The next day at school, Amy presents her patchwork dragon to represent both the eastern and western dragons.   This is a wonderful story about embracing cultural differences and self-confidence.  The illustrations are bold and bright and filled with detail. The author includes a page about eastern dragons and western dragons along with a dragon craft activity. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a good choice for children who like dragons.  A story about being true to one’s own culture that will resonate with young readers. 

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 3/25/2021         

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