Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by Shelf-employed.
My selection celebrates Chinese New Year with "Dragon New Year: a Chinese legend" written by David Bouchard with paintings by Zhong-Yang Huang.
Bouchard tells the story of a young girl who is frightened by the noisy Chinese New year celebration outside her window, but comforted by her grandmother's story of the Chinese Dragon. In the telling, the grandmother spins a tale of how Buddha frightened a fierce Sea Dragon into returning to the quiet of it's ocean home by staging the festival we recognize as Chinese New Year. Bouchard explains in a brief note that this "legend" is one he made up while taking the history of Chinese New Year into account.
Zhong-Yang Huang's brilliant illustrations capture the drama, excitement and color of this new fable and Chinese New Year.