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Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Activity Book Paperback – July 15, 2004

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About the Author

Hingman Chan, a prolific creator of multicultural educational resources has compiled an easy-to-use and follow activities which can be done at home and at schools. "Over the years, I have attended many school celebrations and have led activities for children. This book is my collection of these activities which has worked well and enjoyed by children in those sessions. All the activities have also been reviewed by other teachers as well. I wanted to share my knowledge of Chinese culture," said Ms. Chan, who was born in Hong Kong and currently resides in the San Francisco area with her two children and husband.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Asia for Kids; Activity edition (July 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932457046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932457049
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robin Wu on September 28, 2004
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I found this colorful book to be informative, engaging, and easy-to-use. The author's overview of Chinese New Year provides a good background for her description of significant Lunar New Year traditions. These customs include special food, lucky money, scrolls, candy, lanterns, and dragons. There is a nice presentation of the zodiac animals and chart of corresponding birthdate years. The author provides easy-to-follow instructions and simple templates to carry out the wide selection of craft projects and activities. I would highly recommend this book to elementary school teachers and families with elementary school age kids in helping to understand and celebrate Chinese New Year.
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This book offers fun, cute and easy to reproduce crafts to supplement Chinese New Year events for the classroom or any other setting with young children. I especially appreciate the author's narrative on explaining the traditions and rituals associated with this annual holiday that is celebrated world-wide. We couldn't wait for the next Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster -2005) so, my kids and I tried making the hexagonal candy boxes. The instructions are clearly written making it easy for both a seven y.o. and ten y.o to follow independently. My kids are now using their crafty boxes with lids to hold little items on their desks. "Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Activity Book" is a wonderful addition to any classroom, library, and Asian or multi-cultural book collection. I highly recommend for teachers/educators and parents.
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"Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Activity Book" is an engaging tool for introducing a lively yet generally unfamiliar cultural event to children. Clear, child-oriented information about Chinese New Year customs is interspersed with charming hands-on projects, from paper plate pandas to candy containers. Straightforward graphics and text richly convey that a spirit of family closeness and a respect for tradition mark this holiday. Through a range of activities, from simple to sophisticated, a poignant awareness of an earlier time and way of thought is also transmitted. An excellent resource for schools and groups that want to foster cultural understanding!
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While working at a daycare, I was searching for ways to break up the monotony of winter for our school aged children. Celebrating the Chinese New Year seemed like an obvious choice except for one problem - I know very little about the Chinese New Year and Chinese culture. So, I went to Amazon after not being able to find any suitable references at the local book store. I found this book which had gotten pretty good reviews.

The book is a great reference with wonderful craft ideas. The children especially enjoyed making the drum noise makers.
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I was disappointed by this book. Every year I host a chinese new year party and I am always looking for some more ideas so I ordered this book. I was hoping for an idea or two. There is not
much at all to this book just a couple of pages maybe 20 total. There is little "substance" to this book. I bought this book for $8.95. The price tag should have been $2.95. Live and learn I suppose.
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I bought this book because I didn't know much about the traditions associated with Chinese New Year. I feel it gave me a good overview and was written and illustrated in such a way that children could really enjoy learning about the celebration.
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I have purchased a number of books about Chinese new year
celebrations and customs, this one has excellent craft
ideas and is geared toward older children - a very nice
presentation with good information.
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Bought this for small grandchildren for the Chinese New Year,was too advanced for their ages and is more for older children.Will keep it for them for when they get older.
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