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A New Year's Reunion: A Chinese Story

by Li Qiong Yu

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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 |
The genre of this book is realistic fiction. It tells the story of a family composed of a girl, a mother, and a father, who only comes home at New Year's. The girl is frightened of her father at first, because he needs a shave, but remembers him again after he pays a visit to the barber's. It tells of the traditions and foods that the girl experiences during Chinese New Year. At the end of the book, she has to say goodbye to her father again, because he has to leave. ( )
  athena.j | Mar 9, 2015 |
I enjoyed the story “A New Year’s Reunion” by Yu Li-Qiong for several reasons that include the colorful illustrations, the plot, and the real issues that the book touches on. Throughout the story the illustrator uses vibrant images to capture the spirit of the Chinese New Year, which greatly enhances the story. There is also a strong presence of the color red in the illustrations, which is a very important color in the Chinese tradition. The plot is centered on a young girl’s excitement at her father’s arrival from working in far away places. She is overjoyed that “daddy is coming home”, but during his time home she realizes that his arrival is not permanent and that “daddy is leaving”. Li-Qiong also uses symbolism in the story to convey the conflict. In the story the little girl is given a lucky coin that her father hid in a treat for her. She loses the coin, but then finds it once again. This symbolizes her relationship with her father. He was once home with her and her mother, he leaves for work, but he returns home again. Just as the coin always returns to little girl so does the father. The book pushes readers to think about tough issues such as having a parent who is not always home and the emotions that a young child faces when they are unable to interact with their parent on a regular basis. The overall message of this story is that although family dynamics vary the love that the family has for each other transcends any distance that is between them. ( )
  Mchapp1 | Feb 8, 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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