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My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
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My First Chinese New Year

by Karen Katz

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A little girl is preparing for the Chinese new year! She takes part in her family's fun traditions for the new year. The illustrations are colorful and fun, and I feel that they do a good job at representing the Chinese style. The book doesn't explain very much where these traditions come from, but she does explain a little, she describes that she sweeps away bad luck and oranges bring fortune, but I don't recall the book providing when the new year even is! This may be a good book for kindergarten or so, but I don't feel like it doesn't support the Chinese culture as well as it could have. ( )
  BarrettOlivia | Nov 16, 2012 |
A little girl is talking about her personal and family preparations for the Chinese New Year. It discusses different cultural customs and beliefs, such as red being lucky and the dragon at the Chinese New Year parade. The main point of the story is explaining customs surrounding Chinese New Year. I thought it was a cute story for preschoolers to introduce them to different cultural practices, but it didn't have a lot of information about Chinese New Year overall. It would be a good opener to a discussion about what each cultural practices different students practice. I liked that their were many different races of people watching the parade which makes the story more inclusive and relatable for all the children in the class. ( )
  rfary1 | Nov 12, 2012 |
Genre: Informational. This is a good example of information because the character in the book describes what happens in a Chinese Family during the Chinese New Year. It describes the decorations they use, the food they make the gifts that are given, and the dresses that they wear.

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  JsSunshine | Oct 12, 2009 |
great illustrations, age appropriate ( )
  iguanagarden | Feb 12, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805070761, Hardcover)

Hooray! Hooray!
Soon it will be Chinese New Year.

A fun and colorful way to introduce the
Chinese New Year to young readers

Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings. Follow one little girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year and experience all the festivities surrounding it. This warm and lively introduction to a special holiday will make even the youngest child want to start a Chinese New Year tradition!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:45 -0400)

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A girl and her family prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.

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