Happy, Happy Chinese New Year!

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“In a book that is itself a celebration, Demi explains the rituals and ideas behind the Chinese New Year festival. The last 15 days of the old year are spent cleaning and preparing (‘Wash your hair and get a new haircut. Pay the debts that you owe and collect what is owed to you!’). On the eve of the new moon, a special feast is prepared. . . . The first 15 days of the new year are spent celebrating with lion dances, firecrackers, and other activities. Demi’s characteristic tiny, lively figures illustrate each page, with several spreads devoted ...
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Overview

“In a book that is itself a celebration, Demi explains the rituals and ideas behind the Chinese New Year festival. The last 15 days of the old year are spent cleaning and preparing (‘Wash your hair and get a new haircut. Pay the debts that you owe and collect what is owed to you!’). On the eve of the new moon, a special feast is prepared. . . . The first 15 days of the new year are spent celebrating with lion dances, firecrackers, and other activities. Demi’s characteristic tiny, lively figures illustrate each page, with several spreads devoted to small, labeled pictures identifying things associated with the holiday. Infused with joy and filled with information.”—Booklist

Hitz's bestselling "Happy New Year! Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts'ai!" is now available in this retitled mini edition, perfectly packaged for the gift-buying season.

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Editorial Reviews

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“With delightful charm and simplicity, Demi offers a lovely look at the Chinese New Year.”—School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
The Year of the Monkey begins January 22, 2004, with colorful festivities. Happy, Happy Chinese New Year! by Demi is a reissue of her 1997 book Happy New Year! Kung-His Fa-Ts'ai! She chronicles New Year celebrations against delicate landscapes of Chinese houses and fields, with pictures of children preparing for the holiday, a listing of foods and their special significance (e.g., "Taffy candy, T'ang-kua, is for the Kitchen God, Tsun Kuan") as well as the Lantern Festival. A festively hued preprinted cover depicts the Lion Dance (to scare away evil spirits), and a transparent vinyl cover carries the title and author. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this book, the reader learns about various traditional activities for celebrating the Chinese New Year. For the most part, the text is simple and direct. Each illustration is accompanied by a few sentences about an activity and its significance, e.g., the firecrackers make noises to scare away evil spirits. However, there are a few sections, such as a page about the symbolic meaning of different foods served for the New Year's Eve feast, where the print is tiny and may be difficult to read. Nonetheless, the book is informative and it is written in a way that includes the reader in the story. The text is peppered with injunctions to do as the people in the illustrations are doing, thereby making the reader a participant in the celebrations. The illustrations are detailed and full of young children enjoying the celebrations or helping their elders with numerous chores. Each picture is lively and in keeping with the festive spirit of the Chinese New Year. 2003, Crown Publishers/Random House Children's Books, Ages 4 to 6.
—Rihoko Ueno
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375826429
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 234,450
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.12 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Demi has long been interested in Eastern art and philosophy, which inspired her to create this book about the Chinese New Year celebration. She has written and illustrated more than 20 books for children, including The Empty Pot, Gandhi, and Kites: Magic Wishes that Fly Up to the Sky.
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