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Rabbit’s Riddle

Pine Dragon Press, paperback, 28 pages, watercolor illustrations, $12.95.

One day, deep in the forest, the animals were having a discussion. It was clear who was the fiercest, most dependable and most powerful – but who was cleverest? A contest was in order…

Our first book in print introduces all 12 animals of
the Zodiac in a tale about two of them who go
head-to-head over who is cleverest. Who is? And is that forever so — or only for this moment?

A fable set deep in the forest near the mythical Laughing River, the story explores our constant cultural imperative — comparing who is best. It highlights qualities other than
fierce physical power, like dependability and careful listening. When rabbit proposes a thoughtful riddle, it is a brain-teaser that cannot be solved by physical superiority.

A perfect story for children just beginning to understand the double meanings of riddles and jokes.

Coming Soon…

Green Eyed Girl

Are there magic moments? magic beings? magic places? Yes.
Are they just dreams? Perhaps sometimes they are.
Can they change us? Absolutely; but only if we can follow them.

This is a story about a girl who dreams of being fierce and powerful. “Most minding the muttering, monstrous Me,” she is fearless about seizing the moment, and as she flows into her dream, learns about herself and discovers the other side of that dragon she wants to be. She begins to see how others see her, and comes to appreciate what she already has.

Reminiscent of both Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwock and Maurice Sendak’s Wild Things, this is a read-to book that children of all ages will respond to. Its flowing alliterative prose sings a rhythmic tale behind the visual flow of the watercolor illustrations.

This book is a read and reread experience that will both increase vocabulary and free the creative wordsmith … as parents tease the nonsense from the seldom used.

Coming Soon…

Dragon Fire

When we believe, do we not make it so? Our fears affect everyone and everything around us — coloring what we see, and what we know, and ultimately how we live. In this story belief is the source power, and trust is the source of peace … and a fierce
dragon inspired by Welsh folklore is redrawn as the benevolent being
that perhaps he really was.

Uther is a happy red dragon living on an island full of friends …but he is deserted by his friends when they become afraid of what his fire “might” do… even though he means only to protect them. Dark thoughts and suppositions change the happy routine they share, and morph island life until all are separate and what is ‘real’ becomes defined by what is not. Uther learns quickly that both his joy and his power come from his friends, but it takes much, much longer — and the appearance of a special boy — before the rest of the islanders begin to understand.

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Tiger Shoes

A tale of magic, and of emotions close to young hearts, children will relate to the hero’s predicament, fear for him, and delight in his success.

This is a story about a boy’s courage to do what he must do to reunite his family. He embarks alone on a long journey to find his mother, and he goes bravely to face a corrupt official — because that is what must be done to free her — never realizing there has been a tiger with him all along the way.

This is a retelling of an old folktale. It is the story behind the Chinese custom of making babies’ shoes with tiger’s faces — as talisman to protect them and their families.

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Dragon’s Pearl

Chinese dragons are powerful but benevolent beings, some of whom are responsible for the clouds that water the earth. They are classically depicted balancing a pearl. What happens when a dragon is not mindful of this source of power and light?

In this retelling of a classic folktale, the pearl rolls from a careless young dragon frolicking in the clouds into the life of a poor village boy surviving a deep drought. This magical orb leads us through a story about mothers and sons and responsible action.

Illustrated with sumi ink drawings, this tale stretches our cultural view of both dragons and art — allowing a glimpse into another way of seeing what is and what might be.

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