Lion Dancer (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Lion Dancer (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Describes six-year-old Ernie Wong's preparations, at home and in school, for the Chinese New Year celebrations and his first public performance of the lion dance.  See more details below


Describes six-year-old Ernie Wong's preparations, at home and in school, for the Chinese New Year celebrations and his first public performance of the lion dance.

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Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Six-year-old Ernie Wan is celebrating his first Lion Dance on the streets of New York. We meet the Wan family in this handsome photo essay. Chinese traditions are explained simply for young readers. This spirited event makes the reader want to join in the celebration. 1991 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- In brief, simple sentences, Ernie Wan describes his Chinese -American family's celebration of the lunar New Year. Ernie lives in New York City's Chinatown, where traditions are rooted in the culture of southern China. Ernie's father, a kung fu master, choreographs The Lion Dance, the center of the community celebration and a major tourist attraction. This year, Ernie dances in the place of honor under the lion's head. Color photographs depict private and public festivities. Brown's Chinese New Year (Holt, 1987), reported in third person, gives more general information about Chinese traditions. Set in San Francisco's Chinatown and portraying the same regional customs in black-and-white photographs, Brown's book explains how the date for New Year is determined (something Lion Dancer never mentions) and emphasizes the variety of ways in which Chinese people celebrate this all-important holiday. Both books include a chart of the 12-year Chinese zodiac; Lion Dancer adds a horoscope for each of the animal signs. Hou-Tien Cheng's The Chinese New Year (Holt, 1976) tells how the holiday is celebrated in China. Brown's book remains the best overall introduction to the Chinese-American celebration, with Lion Dancer a strong supplement for its immediacy, its vibrant color, and its sympathetic look at a Chinese family. --Margaret A. Chang, Buxton School, Williamstown, MA

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10.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
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8 - 12 Years

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Lion Dancer (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a real story. It is about a boy who leans to perform Lion dance. When it¡¦s New Year day they will dance two times outside. One is in temple and the other is in the street. I thought learning Lion dance is hard because sometime you need to pay attention , pull something move . For example, making the eyes and the mouth to move need to pull the string. And the dancers need to dance well so those audience won¡¦t want to see. So I think everyone needs to do things well. I like this book and they will know to be brave.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This true book is great. This story tells about Chinese New Tear. Some children dance Lion Dance at midnight on the street. They work hard on that day. Their parents have many kinds things on that day. I think those children are really hard working that day because the lion is very heavy. Many people are looking at them, and they are very brave to do that. I wish nervous people could all read this book because they¡¦ll become brave if they learn from those boys. It¡¦s good for them. And I wish all people like lion dance and learn Chinese culture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting books about Ernie and all of the exciting things that he gets to do to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The pictures are beautiful, with great color and detail. This is a must see! I've used this book to familiarize my students with this great custom.
Guest More than 1 year ago