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My First Chinese New Year (My First Holiday) Hardcover – December 23, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: My First Holiday
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (December 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805070761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805070767
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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From Booklist

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 Perkins
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Check out my newest book WIGGLE YOUR TOES! A Book to pull,fluff, and wiggle!

I have always been interested in folk art from around the world, Indian miniatures, Mexican ceramics, fabrics, Chagall, Matisse, children's art, and primitive painting, and I love to paint and experiment with pattern, texture, collage and color. The careers I've had--as a costume designer, a quilt maker, a fabric artist, and a graphic designer--have taken all these interests into account. Looking back, I can see that these passions and career choices have played a large part in influencing me to become a children's book author and illustrator.

But most importantly, it was after my husband and I adopted our daughter from Guatemala that I was inspired to do a children's book for her. My first book, Over the Moon, was the story of that magical experience of welcoming our daughter Lena into our lives. I painted, I drew, I collaged, and I wrote, and after working very hard... a beautiful book was born! Twenty-two books later, my daughter--now fourteen years old--still is an inspiration for me.

I am fascinated by babies and little kids. The simplest words and gestures can make them laugh. Sometimes standing in line at the supermarket and watching kids in grocery carts, my best ideas are born.

I am fascinated by people from all over the world and what they look like and how they live and the differences that make us all unique.

When an idea pops into my head I ask these questions:
Will a child want to read this book?
Will a parent want to read this book with their child?
Will this book make a parent and child feel something?
Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest?
Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book?
If the answer is yes, then I know I'm on the right track.

I am very lucky to get to do what I do. Everyday I go into my studio and have fun. Don't get me wrong, some days are very frustrating. Sometimes the colors are all wrong and the words don't sound right. But after I work at it for a while...and try to do it a different way...and think...and change the words or colors...and try some more...suddenly, there it is--a great page of writing, or a great illustration. And nothing is more satisfying than that.

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The book was written with bold text.
Melissa Sack
Spice it up with paper lion puppet and red envelopes with candies inside for the class and you are surely in the spirit of Chinese New Year celebration!
Reflection Haiku
I bought this book for my little 10 month Granddaughter!
Colleen K. McGuire

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on April 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book follows a young girl and her family as their prepare for the Chinese New Year. They decorate the walls, cooked traditional foods, and give red envelopes filled with money. They also get new clothes and fresh hair cut. The believe that they must start the new year fresh and clean. Finally it's time for the parade! The family has lots of fun watching the floats and paper lanterns.

The book was written with bold text. Not many words are on each page keeping the attention of even the smallest listeners.

Yes This is a wonderful book to introduce children and adults alike to the traditions and customs of the Chinese New Year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reflection Haiku on January 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I was invited to read a book about Chinese New Year to young readers at school(K & PreK), this book was my personal pick. Adorable story and illustrations about a family of three generations celebrating Chinese New Year, MY FIRST CHINESE NEW YEAR contains all essential festive elements of this important holiday. From cleaning the house to make way for good fortune, getting new haircuts and clothes, cooking the big banquet for family reunion, getting that lucky red envelopes and finally going out with everyone to watch the dragon and lion dance on the street, this book has it all and will surely delight a classroom full of curious minds. Spice it up with paper lion puppet and red envelopes with candies inside for the class and you are surely in the spirit of Chinese New Year celebration!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Windsor on March 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an easy book to read to my two year-old. The pictures are simple and bright, and the text is easy without being "dumbed down." The story has the little girl and other members of her extended family going through the tasks of getting ready for and participating in the Chinese New Year celebration. The lion dancers and dragon in the parade caused a little concern, but I explained that the lion and dragon were just people in costumes (which my daughter points out everytime we read the book). At the end, we like to say, "Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Eakin on March 26, 2008
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Not many Chinese New Year books out there for the tiny ones. Wish this was a board book, but otherwise it is very sweet. Lovely artwork.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chu Wai Dai on June 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Well, obviously a bah-humbug wrote the one-star review. Chin-up,'Bears'!

While it's true there are other (and better) books regarding Chinese New Year from a content standpoint, this one seems age appropriate enough without dumbing down. Very childlike. I must confess I'm not crazy about the ersatz allusion to Asian kanji characters of the font used for the title itself. Picking up on ornamentation would have been a refreshing alternative. Less predictable....just a suggestion.
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Just a lovely intro to Chinese New Year for kids of all ages. The illustrations and characters convey the nature of CNY to young readers. Cute and worth every penny!
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