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When a king discovers that there are still singing moon dragons high up on the mountainside, he offers a room full of gold to anyone who can bring one to him. The beautiful dancing dragons only reveal...
When a king discovers that there are still singing moon dragons high up on the mountainside, he offers a room full of gold to anyone who can bring one to him. The beautiful dancing dragons only reveal...
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  • When a king discovers that there are still singing moon dragons high up on the mountainside, he offers a room full of gold to anyone who can bring one to him. The beautiful dancing dragons only reveal themselves to Alina, a young peasant girl, but she preserves the secret of their whereabouts, knowing that there are some things far more precious than a room full of gold.

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  • Dyan Sheldon is the author of many books for young people. American by birth, she now lives in North London.

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  • Kirkus

    December 1, 2014
    When a selfish, self-important king hears a story from a traveler about ancient, singing dragons and is told they may not all be gone, the king announces that he must have one. He promises a room full of gold to any who will bring him a dragon. No one can, and the king is furious. A girl named Alina, who lives alone, remembers her grandmother's stories and songs and vows to find the dragons. King and townspeople ridicule her, but she perseveres and, after an arduous quest, finds the beauteous dragons and their song. She knows, however, what the king will do if she reveals the dragons to him, so she submits to further mockery when she returns and says she could not find them. She keeps to herself a silver dragon scale to hold the memory. The full-spread, full-bleed acrylic-on-board paintings are rich in texture, and Alina's wild red hair glows like the dragons should. The dragons themselves are more winged dinosaur than fae, however, and don't really conjure creatures that sing and dance. Although the story is a bit truncated and does not flow smoothly, its sweet lesson of the value of art and life over a room full of gold is a lovely one. This original fairy tale succeeds as a fable, if not quite so well as a story. (Picture book. 5-8)

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    "In a faraway, long-ago land, a traveler tells a petulant king a tale of silver-scaled dragons that fly through the night when the moon is high. When the king learns the dragons may still dwell in the mountains, he declares that he will give a room full of gold to anyone who can bring one of them back. Hunters, trappers, and adventurers all try, without success. Finally, a young girl with fiery red hair and fierce determination, Alina, accepts the challenge. The king and townspeople ridicule her, but after an exhausting solo journey, she does find the graceful dragons' lair―only to realize she can never tell anyone or the dragons will be destroyed. Although the altruistic meaning is clear and admirable, this original fairy tale perhaps isn't as original as it could have been, and in several places, the text doesn't contrast highly enough with the dark background. Still, this might be just the thing for collections in need of a strong female character combined with dragons and a message of humanity."―Booklist Online

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