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Collected recipes from the book, with ingredients and instructions.
Hand-drawn illustration of a pair of courtly mice by the author.
A special edition to celebrate the enduring friendship between Xiao Xiao and Ming Zhu, two princesses from two different worlds.
When Xiao Xiao, a daughter of an Imperial Courtesan, meets Ming Zhu, a dragon princess, daughter of the Dragon King, a friendship is formed. But will Princess Ming Zhu ever return back to her watery kingdom and reconcile with her father, the Dragon King?
The vignettes and recipes will make you nostalgic and very hungry.
Dragon Sisters contains both Xiao Xiao & The Dragon's Pearl and its sequel Ming Zhu & The Pearl That Shines.
Chng's calm, unpretentious prose leaves the reader free to follow the sentences without having to work out the meaning. The eye just slides down the page without a hitch, the words fuelling the imagination without slowing things down with unnecessary over-description. Her characters are matter-of-fact and impulsive and despite being young, are not foolish, and she doesn't patronise the reader. The story moves fast and keeps you interested.
Xiao Xiao and the Dragon Pearl by Joyce Chng has princesses, dragons, swords, assassins and is set in Manchuria during the Qing dynasty period.