Lion Dancer (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Lion Dancer (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Martha Cooper, Kate Waters
     
 

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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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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780833550996
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
12/01/1990
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Cooper is a documentary photographer who has specialized in urban vernacular art and architecture for more than twenty-five years. Cooper worked as a staff photographer for the New York Post from 1977 to 1980, when she left to follow the emerging hip hop scene. In 1984, collaborating with Henry Chalfant, she published Subway Art (Thames & Hudson), the classic book showcasing the best painted trains of the era, which has been dubbed "The Bible" by graffiti writers.

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