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A New Year's Reunion: A Chinese Story

by Li Qiong Yu

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A charming story about a working father's return to his family every Chinese New Year. There's a loving warmth throughout and a particularly touching illustration shows the mother turned away to wipe her face as she packs for her husband leaving again for work. But it never gets sentimental. Very nice. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story Contemporary Realistic Fiction
By Yu Li-Qiong, Illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang

“A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story” by Yu-Li-Quong is a picture book about a Chinese family celebrating their New Year. The little girl’s Papa builds buildings and only comes home on the Chinese New Year. I like how that aspect of this book makes it realistic. Not all family members have the opportunity to live with their family year round. The fact that Papa comes home once a year also makes the family even closer while celebrating. The family does traditional things such as making rice balls, watching the dragon dance on Main Street, and family even builds a snowman together. I like how Qiong incorporated real Chinese New Year traditions with the moral of the story. When the family made rice balls the mother hides a coin in one of them. The little girl finds the coin in her rice ball and is told it represents good luck. However, the little girl thinks she misplaces the coin and become very upset. She eventually finds it and gives it to her Papa as good luck. I thought this is a cute story about how even though the family may not spend everyday together; they cherish every moment they can together. ( )
  LBurro2 | Oct 20, 2015 |
This fictional story is about a young girl named Maomao who is very excited to see her father on Chinese New Year. He only comes home around this time of year and her time with him is very special. Together, they make rice balls and he buries a coin in one of them and tells Maomao it is good luck. One day, Maomao thinks she loses her lucky coin and becomes very upset, but eventually she finds it. Maomao ends up giving her father the lucky coin for when he leaves. This story shows the bond of family during Chinese New Year and how it is a happy time for many. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this story because they capture the bright colors and vivid images that are associated with Chinese New Year. I also thought the end was very heartwarming when Maomao gives her dad the coin so he can think of her when he is away. Many young readers may be able to relate to this story because they might have a relative in their family who they only see very few times a year, and their time together is very special.
  amanna2 | May 13, 2015 |
The Chinese New Year is the only time Mao-Mao sees her father. He is away building houses all year. Her father makes sticky rice balls, and one has a coin hidden in it. She spends as much time with her father as possible, helping him fix the house and repair the things that need it before he leaves again. Before he leaves again, Mao-Mao gives her father a special gift. ( )
  lbradf4 | May 12, 2015 |
I enjoyed, "A New Year's Reunion", the central message of which was that love holds a family together, regardless of the distance that may exist among family members. I liked the book for its engaging plot, which told the story of a Chinese migrant worker who was reunited with his family for Chinese New Year. I also liked the book's well-developed characters, which included a little girl, Maomao, and her mother and father. The characters were involved in a scenario in which many families containing migrant workers often find themselves (e.g., being separated for long periods of time, and being reunited briefly for holidays), thereby making the story believable. Finally, I liked that this book pushed readers to think about tough issues, such as family separation, and broadened perspectives on the topic. This book gave a face to the heartache with which many families are faced, but ultimately delivered the uplifting message that love, regardless of distance, holds a family together. ( )
  kkadal1 | Apr 30, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763658812, Hardcover)

Maomao s dad works many miles away, but he is coming home for New Year!

Little Maomao s father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again. This poignant, vibrantly illustrated tale, which won the prestigious Feng Zikai Chinese Children s Picture Book Award in 2009, is sure to resonate with every child who misses relatives when they are away and shows how a family s love is strong enough to endure over time and distance.

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Little Maomao's father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again.… (more)

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