The Knight and the Dragon

Tomorrow Publishing House

$13.95 

What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the very first time? Well, it's no ordinary battle since the knight has to go to the castle library to learn about dragon-fighting and the dragon must dig through his ancestor's things to find out how to fight a knight! Spontaneity of line and feeling are backed by zesty colors and a jovial, tongue-in-cheek tone to which children can relate. A top springtime choice.

《武士与龙》是一个很好看的故事,大人和孩子都会一下子被吸引,也会迅速地读完它。读完之后,大人会很快地得出结论说:这是一个有关战争与和平的故事。或者说:这里说的是不要打架,要学会和谐共处。小孩呢,当然不像大人那么会概括,但大人说的道理,他们能听懂,也能记住。

这样的道理,说一遍就够了,说几遍就显得多余了。但是奇怪,这本图画书,为什么他们还爱反反复复地看?一页一页,前翻后翻,好像老也看不厌。我以为,这是因为,书里还藏着一些不容易一眼看透的秘密,或者说,在故事背后,还有另一个故事。

我们试着问问孩子,或者像孩子那样,无限耐心地,充满兴趣地,把这本图画书看透。然后,来回答这样的问题:在《武士与龙》中,哪些画面,是最吸引人的,最耐人琢磨的,最让你觉得有趣的?

一开始,当然是打斗的场面,是龙和武士发愤地练功和准备,然后,就是相互地冲过来,冲过去,打得一塌糊涂。

这些画面让人捧腹。这是故事的第一层。

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