Lunar New Year (Celebrations & Festivals) (Hardcover)
Lunar New Year captures the magic of the celebration by exploring how Ling and her family enjoy the biggest Chinese festival of the year.
The new year festival lasts for 15 days full of preparation, celebration, and symbolism. Join Ling, her sister Mei and granny Po Po as they clean the house from top to bottom, pick fresh flowers from the garden, visit friends and family, and carry red lanterns through their neighborhood. Ling invites the reader into her home and family, allowing the reader to experience this special celebration first-hand through an authentic narrative non-fiction story.
A fun16-page 'factivity' section follows the story and delves into more detail about how the festival is celebrated in China and beyond. Enriching activities are also included, such as guess the riddle, make your own red envelope, and a recipe to make delicious Lunar New Year 'pot sticker' dumplings.
Learn all about the magic of Lunar New Year, by exploring:
- The preparations in the lead-up to the festival
- The Reunion dinner on New Year's Eve
- New Year's day fireworks
- Dragon dancing and the New Year Monster
- The lantern festival
In the Celebrations & Festivals series, you are invited into a family's celebrations as you explore the magic and excitement of religious and cultural festivals around the world. The heart-warming story is followed by a fun 'factivity' section packed with information on the festival in more detail along with activities, recipes, and craft projects to enjoy.
About the Author
Natasha Yim was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but attended elementary school in Singapore, and high school in Hong Kong. In 1979, she came to the U.S. for college and graduated from Dominican University in San Rafael, California. Most of her career has been in counseling or social work. It was through reading and telling stories to kids who were away from their families, that Natasha discovered the power of stories to soothe, comfort and inspire children. She decided she wanted to write books for kids. Natasha enjoys writing in different genres and, in addition to children's books, has written magazine articles (both for kids and adults), short plays, play and book reviews, and is currently working on two middle grade novels as well as more picture book projects.
"A comprehensive and accessible introduction to an important Chinese holiday."—Kirkus Reviews
"jovial mood with crisp color-block illustrations"—Publishers Weekly
"A fun and solid introduction to the holiday that includes more ways of celebrating than many similar titles."—School Library Journal
“This heavily illustrated guide to Lunar New Year, for 5 to 7 year olds, has a 16-page fact section, a craft project, a quiz, and a story about Ling and her family who celebrate Lunar New Year in China.”—The Bookseller
"This title explores how the Lunar New year is celebrated around the world, capturing the magic of the festival for children everywhere."—The Bookseller
"fun, informative, and highly recommended pick for family, elementary school, and community library Holiday collections."—Midwest Book Review