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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.