"What was made in China 2,000 years ago and is still used today?" This is the riddle Ge-Hui's lost paper butterfly must solve to get a ride home on a dragon's back. To find an answer, the paper butterfly flits far and wide - to the great city of Beijing and its Forbidden City, further to the Great Wall of China and further still to the 2,000 year-old terracotta soldiers in the walled city of Xian. Finally, just when she is beginning to despair, the butterfly meets another New Year paper butterfly who has the right answer - which wins them a dragon-ride home together! This fascinating butterfly's-eye view of the land of China and its culture features illustrations inspired by Chinese folk art, and includes page-by-page brief notes, a map of China and an end-note on the ancient art of paper-making.
Deborah Nash took her degree in French and Art. In 1988--89 she spent ten months in China on a British Council scholarship, studying art and travelling to many of the places in the book and bringing back an exhibition of woodcut prints, which is now in the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.