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All is calm in the warlord’s palace, and the artist’s apprentice Chuan takes a break from paper-making to sit with his friend Jing Jing, watching the sunset. Suddenly, a cloud of dust rises on the horizon. It is an invading army. The palace gates are closed, but how will they keep the invaders at bay?
As the palace prepares to withstand the attack, Chuan continues making paper, while Jing Jing tries to think of a way to scare away the army. Jing Jing comes up with an ingenious solution, using Chuan’s knowledge of calculating area as well as his handmade paper and ink to frighten the troops into leaving.
Children learn about creativity, folklore, and calculating area in a math lesson that’s as fun as it is fascinating. Directions for making a kite follow the story.
About the Author
Virginia Walton Pilegard studied mathematics and completed both a BA and MA in education and created the Warlord’s Series to provide children with tales of adventure that illustrate mathematics concepts. Ms. Pilegard is also the is also the author of the acclaimed The Warlord’s Puzzle, which was selected by the California Department of Education as recommended reading for grades K-12; The Warlord’s Beads; The Warlord’s Fish; and The Warlord’s Puppeteers. She lives with her husband in the foothills of California’s central Sierra Nevada Mountains below Yosemite National Park.
About the Illustrator
After working in cultural administrations in both Canada and France, Nicolas Debon lives as a freelance illustrator in Versailles, France. In addition to his illustrations for the Warlord’s Series, he is also the author/illustrator of several other books, including a 2003 Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award finalist.
THE WARLORD’S KITES
Virginia Walton Pilegard
Illustrated by Nicolas Debon
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illustrations
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3