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This Next New Year

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    Luck be a Reader

    Award-winning author and poet Janet S. Wong (Night Garden, Apple Pie 4th of July) has brought luck to her readers through this book. When you read this book, you can¿t help but let the words take you to a place of hope and new beginnings. This is the story of a little boy who is ready for the next lunar year, and tells about all of the traditions that take place in preparation. We watch him do everything from washing his hair to scrubbing between his toes so that last year¿s bad luck could be washed away and make room for this year¿s good luck to fill the crevasses. The artwork by Choi (The Name Jar) in this book was absolutely amazing, and as always very culturally appropriate. Her artwork is reflective of her Chinese background, down to the smallest details. She uses bold, bright colors that are sure to draw in the attention of even the most reluctant reader. This book allows people to start over, and try to follow through with some of the crazy resolutions that they have already given up on from January 1st. Overall, this book symbolizes not only a fresh start, but a renewed sense of hope for the future. I have become such a fan of Wong¿s writing because she is able to give so much meaning to children¿s books. She has such a graceful way with words, and she is very poetic. I think this book would be a great read aloud to begin the school year with, encourage the students to have a fresh start in September and set goals for the upcoming school year.

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