cover image Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors

Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors

Roseanne Thong. Chronicle Books, $15.95 (40pp) ISBN 978-0-8118-3177-2

The gentle primer Red Is a Dragon by Roseanne Thong, illus. by Grace Lin, does for colors what their Round Is a Mooncake did for shapes, in a felicitous meeting between East and West. The girl who narrated the previous book here serves as tour guide through 10 hues, each of which dominates a spread redolent with the saturated colors and intricate patterns of Chinese textiles and paintings. (Oct.)