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“The tale radiates warmth and quietly builds up to the dramatic dragon dance and the traditional greeting of ‘Gung Hay Fat Choy!' The collage illustrations, cut from paper with colorful Asian designs, also include paint and other media to capture the joyful celebrants. This is a clear introduction to the holiday that young children will enjoy in one-on-one or group read-alouds.” School Library Journal
“This one's a winner.” Kirkus Reviews
“The simple text and colorful folkloric illustrations with vivid patterns make this a good book to share with young children.” School Library Journal on My First Kwanzaa
“An ebullient tribute for families whose members may have come from a faraway place.” Publishers Weekly on Over the Moon
“Katz's pencil-and-gouache pictures joyously convey the range of human pigmentation. Positive and useful.” School Library Journal on The Colors of Us
“Bold illustrations celebrate diversity with a child's open-hearted sensibility and a mother's love.” Kirkus Reviews on The Colors of Us
Karen Katz introduces readers to the traditions and importance of this holiday in China with My First Chinese New Year. "Red means good luck and happiness in China" reads the text, as mother and child hang patterned red tissues for decoration. The girl narrator "sweep[s] away the bad luck from last year" with her younger sister and makes an altar "to honor our ancestors" with her grandfather, among other activities sure to inspire readers and their kin. The family enjoying a banquet and a colorful parade round out the fun. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Vibrant illustrations done in collage and mixed media accompany this simple story explaining the traditions surrounding the Chinese New Year celebrations. The narrator and her family are preparing for the big event. She hangs red papers with her mother, buys plum and quince blossoms with her father, and makes an alter with her Grandpa, decorated with oranges and tangerines. Along with her sister, the narrator has her hair cut in honor of the new year, and they grab hold of a broom to sweep out bad luck. Grandma helps make a special soup. The reasons for each tradition are explained in simple sentences. The story culminates with the big parade. The family watches the Lion Dancers, drummers, and floats, which all precede the grand finale: the Dragon. "Gung Hay Fat Choy!" declares the last page, "Happy New Year!" A brief author's note is included at the end of the book, explaining the Chinese calendar and the significance of the traditions. 2004, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 4 to 8.
A girl and her family celebrate the Chinese New Year in Katz's engaging offering. Throughout, holiday traditions and symbolism are clearly and simply explained. "Red means good luck and happiness in China," the girl says, as she and her mother hang colorful banners throughout the house. Later, purchasing plum and quince blossom with her father, she says, "The tiny buds remind us that new things can always grow." With her grandmother, the girl makes soup "to bring good health." Katz uses bright colors and energetic patterns in her collage and mixed-media illustrations to capture the excitement that surrounds the celebration. At the New Year's Day parade, a multicultural crowd lines the street, reflecting the diversity of urban America. Gung Hay Fat Choy! This one's a winner. (author's note) (Picture book. 2-5)