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Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Chinese New Year: With Fireworks, Dragons, and Lanterns Hardcover – January 13, 2009
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Everyone decorates with bright colors, especially the color red because that portends good luck. Gold of course signifies wealth. On red paper people use Chinese characters to write couplets, "poems or signs, calling out happy wishes and asking for good luck." These are hung around the doorway in each home because that is "where the new year will enter" everyone's home. Lots of food is prepared for the celebration and each food has a special meaning. Once all is ready and New Year's Eve arrives, people gather and celebrate. At midnight everyone opens their "doors and windows . . . to let the old year out." Let the celebration begin!
This bright, exciting and colorful book brings the Chinese New Year to life. The numerous vibrant photographs on each page combined with the text are very informative and draw the reader in very quickly. In the back of the book are more facts about the holiday, instructions on how to make a Chinese lantern, a discussion about the Chinese calender, a recipe for fortune cookies, instructions on how to play the Drum and Flower Game, a glossary, a section discussing the origins of the holiday and additional recommended books and web sites. Do you stay awake to scare the Nián away from your house? "Bang, clang, boom!"
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Readers will learn so much about the Chinese New Year. Famed National Geographic photos are found throughout the pages with fun facts. Readers will also find a Chinese calendar and zodiac. A recipe for fortune cookies will help young readers get into the spirit. Maps, a glossary and plenty of other resources can be found for kids who want to know more. Parents and teachers will love this treasure trove of information about the Chinese New Year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic real world photographs and small text bites. Wonderful for my kindergarteners!Published 7 months ago by Designer Chick
Excellent, van has recipes in the back for fortune cookies and craft for a paper lantern.Published 7 months ago by Mozartmama
Beautiful book full of gorgeous photos with lots of color and movement. Good for ages preschool and up.Published 9 months ago by Rick G.
Beautiful pictures. Simple but informative. Great for my pre-schoolers!Published 19 months ago by Sarah Church