Sometime between January 21st and February 19th, the festival of Chinese New Year is widely celebrated in Chinese-American communities throughout the United States. Young children will find all the basic facts about this fifteen-day holiday aptly depicted in this volume, which is part of the "Holidays and Culture" series. The brightly colored photos clearly enhance the text as it describes the Chinese monster, Nian, home altars, the importance of good luck in the new year, and preparations for the two week festivities. One highlight is fireworks on New Year's Eve. Clear directions for making a Chinese dragon from a paper bag are provided. Additional sources, both print and online, for further information are listed at the end of the book. Libraries in need of materials about Chinese culture will find this a worthwhile purchase.
Terri Dougherty has written more than 90 books for children, including 10 weather-related titles. She wrote for newspapers before exploring other writing styles and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin, with her family.