illustration
Lantern Parade, from The Most Beautiful Lantern 'Drums banged and cymbals crashed. Some people were letting off firecrackers. All around was noise and laughter. Every one of Mei-Ling's friends carried a lighted lantern. There were fish and butterflies, peacocks and spaceships, cartoon characters and fire breathing dragons, stars and suns and moons. Every single lantern was very beautiful. But, although they were all beautiful, Mei-Ling was absolutely certain that hers was the most beautiful lantern of all.' Watercolour and pencil.