Happy New Year! / Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts'Ai!

Happy New Year! / Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts'Ai!

by Hitz Demi
     
 

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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. On the eve of the new moon, a special feast is prepared. Each food has meaning: pork, for example, brings wealth. The first 15 days of the new year are spent celebrating with lion

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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. On the eve of the new moon, a special feast is prepared. Each food has meaning: pork, for example, brings wealth. 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, such as 14 heavenly beings. Infused with joy and filled with information, this will be a fine purchase for most libraries."--Booklist

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3With delightful charm and simplicity, Demi offers readers a lovely look at the Chinese New Year. The vibrant, colorful double-page spreads are full of small, stylized cartoon drawings of Chinese children and adults dancing and smiling as they prepare for and participate in the festivities. The author clearly explains traditions; the always-fascinating animal zodiac; the vast array of gods and heavenly beings that are honored; and the symbolism behind special foods, signs, and rituals. Primary-grade assignments will be enriched by this jewel-toned picture-book presentation. It's just unfortunate that there is no pronunciation guide for the many words, names, and foods mentioned.Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517885925
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
BILINGUAL
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.95(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Demi lives in Carnation, Washington.

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