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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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Kindergarten-Grade 4—Stunning full-page, color photographs, coupled with clear and understandable text, bring this holiday to life. While titles about Chinese New Year are plentiful, this one stands out due to the showcasing of international celebrations. It shows festivities and traditions in such varied countries as Brazil, Canada, and Japan. Customs meant to bring good luck in the New Year, such as hanging colorful lanterns and giving lucky red envelopes with money, virtually jump off the page. Scrumptious delicacies, illuminating fireworks, and vividly colored dragons are clearly identified through the bold text on each page. A back section entitled "More About Chinese New Year" includes clear and simple directions for making a Chinese lantern, a fortune cookie recipe, information on the Chinese calendar and Zodiac signs, a game, a glossary, and more resources to explore. Superior to Ann Heinrichs's Chinese New Year (The Child's World, 2006), this one is a visual treat.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
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Vivid, colorful photographs of fireworks, lion dancers, lanterns, and food fill the pages of this introduction to Chinese New Year. The concise but informative narrative notes when the event occurs, cites a few of the countries where it is observed, and explains the reasons behind the customs and symbols, especially those traditions involving children. The well-captioned pictures capture the intense excitement and raucous exuberance of the festivities. Appended information on the Chinese calendar and zodiac, a craft idea, a recipe, a game, and sources for further information make this a great addition to primary classrooms as well as libraries. Grades 1-4. --Linda Perkins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 0740 (What's this?)
  • Series: Holidays Around the World
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426303815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426303814
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2009
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Chinese New Year, a holiday that is celebrated by "millions and millions" of people around the world begins on the first new moon of the new year. This holiday is typically celebrated for a week, but was "traditionally celebrated for 15 days," in which time the moon beame full. It's an exciting festival and everyone prepares for it long in advance. Everyone has to shop, clean house and clean up the streets. It is as if all the old will be swept away and the doors open to a happy and prosperous new year.

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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I like this book but wish to have more updated information. But, it is still good book for ABC kids to learn about their culture and tradition. It come with games and information that my suitable for american born children. Because those fortune cookies only created and popular in US because of Chinatown restaurant created that as a sweet treats. I am born and raised in HK and I never have one or see one until coming to US. So, it is not traditional to Chinese culture but it is at US Chinatown only. So it is a book for american born Chinese (ABC). :)
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Great photos full of color and facts about this celebration. I used this in my pre-school (as a point to look and discuss) as well as my son's kindergarten class (I skipped over some of the longer paragraphs), but my 8 year old enjoyed reading it in entirely. The kids all had their eyes glued to the pages and were excited to learn about the interesting points of this cultural celebration.
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Super compelling photographs in it that have a big wow-factor for kids and adults (including ones of Shanghai, a dinner table in Shanxi, Xi'an all lit up, children in Inner Mongolia, a parade in London, dancers in Vancouver, and fireworks in Guiyang). Includes great information without putting too many words on a page too--something that could turn the bedtime book reading into a bad scene. And, it has a great resource section in the back with facts, how to make a Chinese lantern and fortune cookies (which they do point out are an invention of either the Japanese or Chinese Americans), and where to go for more information including other books and websites. Good for real little ones if you want to just talk about the pictures and interesting enough to keep the attention of older kids (and adults).

See my reviews of other CNY kids' books on my blog - www(dot)myoverthinking(dot)com - look for the post dated January 25, 2012
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The book illustrates really beautiful, and provide lots of information about the Chinese new year. But I really hope I can find a book that does not only use Cantonese " Gung Hay Fat Choy" for the new year wish. It is also necessary to have Mandarin "Gong Xi Fa Cai", considering there are lot more Chinese speaking Mandarin than Cantonese.
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When China celebrates its new year millions of people participate. This holiday begins on the first new moon. This brings a time of hope and promise. Participants shop for presents, food and clothing and clean their homes to sweep away the bad luck. Traditionally this celebration lasted 15 days, now it is just one week. Fireworks are a big part of this celebration. Families honor the elders of their family and the ancestors. There is even a lantern celebration on the 15th day.

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.
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I'm Chinese and I think this book is very well written. It covers various aspects of the most important holiday for the Chinese. Lots of great photos too!
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This book had beautiful illustrations that really show the essence of Chinese New Year and make you want to celebrate it. The text was informative and well done.
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