Fans of The Five Ancestors book adventures will want to snatch up this final installment of the series – Dragon. On his website, author Jeff Stone talks about how he practices martial arts every day. He visits schools to talk about his books and the nation of China, and to show students the animal fighting postures that that are styles of characters in his books: Tiger, Monkey, Snake, Crane, Dragon, Mantis and Eagle. My favorite chapters are the ones where the author describes how Long, the Dragon, learns to ride different horses. There is fighting and violence in this tale, but reluctant readers are likely to be drawn in by this adventure story, set in a mysterious and distant land. Since the names of the numerous characters can be slightly confusing if your child hasn’t read any of the Five Ancestors books, the first book in the series – Tiger – is where they should start.
The Five Ancestors – Dragon, Book 7
Review by: Ann M. Mills, M.S.Ed.