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MY FIRST CHINESE NEW YEAR by Karen Katz

MY FIRST CHINESE NEW YEAR

By Karen Katz (Author) , Karen Katz (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8050-7076-1
Publisher: Henry Holt

A girl and her family celebrate the Chinese New Year in Katz’s engaging offering. Throughout, holiday traditions and symbolism are clearly and simply explained. “Red means good luck and happiness in China,” the girl says, as she and her mother hang colorful banners throughout the house. Later, purchasing plum and quince blossom with her father, she says, “The tiny buds remind us that new things can always grow.” With her grandmother, the girl makes soup “to bring good health.” Katz uses bright colors and energetic patterns in her collage and mixed-media illustrations to capture the excitement that surrounds the celebration. At the New Year’s Day parade, a multicultural crowd lines the street, reflecting the diversity of urban America. Gung Hay Fat Choy! This one’s a winner. (author’s note) (Picture book. 2-5)