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BLAST Elementary
The Boy Who Painted Dragons

The Boy Who Painted Dragons

The Boy Who Painted Dragons
Written and Illustrated by Demi

Ping, a painter of dragons--of which he is secretly afraid--is challenged to seek the truth, find the truth, and dare to be true.

 

Open-Ended Questions

These questions can be used during an interactive read aloud to engage student interest.

  • How do you think Ping really feels about dragons? (page 11)
  • Is Ping really full of courage here?  Why does he lie to his friends and tell them he loves dragons? (page 16)
  • How do you think Ping will react to the dragon’s visit?  Why? (page 17)
  • Think about these words of wisdom– what do they mean? What might Ping’s truth be? (page 28)
  • What other dragons do you think Ping will meet? (page 31)
  • What is Ping learning? (page 36)
  • What was Ping’s truth?  What did he learn/How did he change?  (page 41)
 

Vocabulary Words

  • Wisdom
  • Courage
 

Activities

Chinese New Year

The start of the Chinese New Year changes every year since it is based on the lunar calendar. Research this holiday with your students– its customs, food, and significance. Assign one aspect of the holiday to each group of students, and then put it all together for a Chinese New Year Celebration!

Foil Art

Demi often uses gold foil in her beautiful illustrations. Provide some gold art foil or regular aluminum foil to your students. First, have them write their own fairytale about something they fear. Then, they will sketch an illustration for their story. Finally, the students can cut and glue the foil onto their drawing to add depth to their illustrations. 

 

Journal Questions

  • Draw a picture of something that has always frightened you. Include a caption describing the picture.
  • Write a story about something that has always frightened you.
 

Extending Books

The Donkey and the Rock

The Donkey and the Rock
Written and Illustrated by Demi

In this version of a tale with many Asian variations, a wise king, who rules a town full of foolish people in the mountains of Tibet, puts a donkey and a rock on trial to settle the dispute between two honest men.

 

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes
Written and Illustrated by Demi

Two rascals sell a vain Chinese emperor an invisible suit of clothes.

 

 

The Empty Pot

The Empty Pot
Written and Illustrated by Demi

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.

 

The Hungry Coat

The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey
Written and Illustrated by Demi

After being forced to change to a fancy new coat to attend a party, Nasrettin Hoca tries to feed his dinner to the coat, reasoning that it was the coat that was the invited guest.

 

King Midas: The Golden Touch

King Midas: The Golden Touch
Written and Illustrated by Demi

A king finds himself bitterly regretting the consequences of his wish that everything he touches would turn to gold.

 

Kites: Magic Wishes That Fly Up to the Sky

Kites: Magic Wishes That Fly Up to the Sky
Written and Illustrated by Demi