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Tuesday 26 November 2013

Review: Once Tashi Met a Dragon

Tashi is back! The much-loved character who has been the star of over 32 stories, selling over one million copies in Australia and New Zealand alone, now continues his adventures in a gorgeous picture book.

Every year, the dragon is responsible for bringing the rains. But this year, the rains don't come. The creeks dry up, the rice blackens in the fields, fires spark in the forests and the earth turns to dust.

One day, Tashi meets a white tiger, who tells him that the mother dragon, responsible for the rains, has fallen asleep and won't wake up, leaving her young son to create havoc. It seems a demon has stolen its way into the mother dragon's dreams and now won't leave.

Of course, Tashi immediately rises to the challenge. He rides on the tiger's back over the fields, through the forest and up to the top of the mountain where only dragons live. The tiger leaves him there, at the mouth of the dragon cave and it's not long before the young dragon emerges … and soon sees Tashi. You'll need to read the book to find out how Tashi manages to save the day, but suffice it to say it's another example of his quick-thinking ingenuity!

This is a lovely story that has all the makings of a classic fable. But for me, it's the exquisite illustrations that truly set this book apart. The production values are also top notch — my daughter particularly enjoyed the feel of the glittering, embossed 'Tashi' and dragon image on the cover! Another delightful offering from this accomplished creative team.

Title: Once Tashi Met a Dragon
Authors: Anna Fienberg & Barbara Fienberg
Illustrator: Kim Gamble
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2013
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781741758870
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book