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Dragon Kite of the Autumn Moon

By Valerie Reddix
Illustrated by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng
1991, 29 pages, hardback.
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Every year, for as long as Tad-Tin could remember, Grandfather had made a special kite to fly on Kite's Day. Every year, they had flown the kite together until the night was thick with stars. Then they had cut the string and let it go.

But this year, Grandfather lay sick in his bed. The box kite for Kite's Day lay on the floor, unfinished. Tad-Tin had only one kite to fly: the beautiful dragon that Grandfather had made to celebrate his birth. But his heart was torn at the thought of cutting the string. Though tradition held that a freed kite would carry away all misfortune, Tin knew his beloved dragon would never return.

Based on ancient Chinese traditions of Taiwan and illustrated by two of Taiwan's most acclaimed illustrators, Dragon Kite of the Autumn Moon is a stunning tale of magic and of love.

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Background on Valerie Reddix

Valerie Reddix spent much of her childhood and youth in foreign countries, including Australia, South Africa, Japan, and China, and the traditions of other cultures have fascinated her ever since. Growing up in a world without television, she learned to read and write for entertainment early in life, and had a passion for telling stories even if she was the only one who listened to them. She wrote her first story at the age of eight, and her first book by the time she was twelve.

Ms. Reddix now lives with her husband and two daughters in Yorba Linda, California.

Background on Jean and Mou-sien Tseng

Jean and Mou-sien Tseng were particularly pleased to illustrate this book because they were born and raised in Taiwan. They have designed and illustrated many books both there and in the United States, and Mou-sien is the only artist living outside China to have received the Golden Goblet Award for excellence in Chinese painting from the National Art Association of Taiwan. Their American books include The River Dragon (Lothrop) and The Seven Chinese Brothers. The Tsengs, who now live in Glen Cove, New York, have two daughters.

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