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Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone
Contributor(s): Lee, Jen Sookfong
ISBN: 1459811267     ISBN-13: 9781459811263
Publisher: Orca Book Pub
    OUR PRICE: $22.50  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: October 2017
Annotation: Examines the origins of Chinese New Year and looks at how it is celebrated today.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Chinese New Year; Juvenile literature.
Chinese New Year.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Other, Non-religious
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Science | Customs, Traditions, Anthropology
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Asia
Dewey: 394.261
LCCN: bl2017039838
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Orca Origins
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.30" H x 7.90" W x 0.60" (1.20 lbs) 86 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
These installments are attractive but rather diffuse in focus. [cf2]Chinese New Year[cf1] offers substantive information about the holiday and its celebration in China, North America, and other places where Chinese people have settled. [cf2]Birthdays[cf1] covers customs in historical times and in modern-day countries. Excellent color photographs and intimate personal anecdotes are highlights. Recipes and activities are scattered throughout both texts. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Orca Origins titles: [cf2]Chinese New Year[cf1] and [cf2]Birthdays[cf1].] Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

Gr 3–6—This is a slight but visually colorful introduction to the Chinese New Year. It is aimed at upper elementary schoolers, who will find short chapters, bright photos on every page, engaging personal stories, and informative sidebars (including a brief one on the Lunar celebration in other Asian cultures). Myth, history, politics, varying traditions, and family lore make the book useful for teachers as well. Text and glossary silently employ Romanized Cantonese for "Chinese," even when significantly different from Mandarin (e.g., lai see vs. hóngbao). Many photos are from Vancouver; others could use more specific captions (e.g., the temple on page 14 is actually in Kuala Lumpur). On the plus side are three recipes, an index, and a bibliography. VERDICT An optional addition to holiday or cultural collections.—Patricia D. Lothrop, formerly at St. George's School, Newport, RI

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.