All about the history of the Chinese New Year, and how the holiday is celebrated today.
Children's LiteratureCelebrate the Chinese New Year by attending the dragon dances and giving gifts of melon seeds and oranges! This book, which is part of the "Holidays and Festivals" series, focuses on the numerous ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The text is organized topically and covers everything from a story of how the Chinese New Year began to a section about familiar sights during the festivities. The contents are fairly thorough and go into detail about the myriad of ways a Chinese a household prepares and decorates their home for the festivities as well as the symbolic meaning of various images and activities. The book is informative and easy to read. New vocabulary is in bold type. While the text does mention the significance of firecrackers and dragons, the book also provides a more intimate look at the way the Chinese New Year is celebrated within the family. In keeping with the more personal look at the festivities, most of the illustrations depict family members watching or assisting others. Adults and children alike will learn something new from this engaging read. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 5 to 7.
School Library JournalGr 2-4-Each book covers the history, customs, and symbols of its respective event, as well as specifics about how it is celebrated. For example, Chinese New Year tells how dragons, lions, and firecrackers became associated with the holiday. Information about "Things You Might See" and "What You Can Do" is also included. The short chapters are easy to understand and are accompanied by full-page illustrations. The pictures in Cinco de Mayo have vibrant colors and black outlines, while those in the other two titles are softer. Highlighted words are defined in the glossaries. These books are similar to Gail Gibbons's nonfiction holiday titles, but they have a bit more information. Solid, practical choices for collections needing more books on these topics.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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