From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–In this colorful picture book, a young girl prepares for and celebrates the Chinese New Year with her extended family, describing how she makes an altar to honor her ancestors, gets a haircut, feasts with her relatives, and attends a Chinatown parade. 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. Pair it with Janet S. Wong's This Next New Year
(Farrar, 2000) for a festive treat.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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PreS-K. This very simple introduction to the Chinese New Year focuses on food, families, and customs. Bright, cheerful collage and mixed media-illustrations work well with the narrative, but a few crowd the pages and spill into the gutter. Chinese lettering would have added an authentic flavor to signs and banners. Still, the brief, informative text is well suited for preschool holiday and multicultural units. Linda PerkinsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved