Bringing in the New Year
Bringing in the New Year

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Annotation: A Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.
Catalog Number: #24015
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: 34
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-375-86605-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-17775-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-375-86605-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-17775-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2007011687
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Like Janet Wong's This Next New Year (2000), this cheerful title follows a girl and her family as they get ready for Chinese New Year. In minimal text printed in large type, the young narrator describes how each member of her family prepares: Ma-Ma makes "get-rich dumplings," little sister Mei Mei gets a haircut, and Ba-Ba hangs the spring happiness poems. Auntie awakens the colorful dragon puppet by painting in its eyes, and the ceremony begins. Lin's artwork takes center stage with brilliantly hued, gouache paintings that capture a family's loving, festive, holiday bustle and create a mood that will resonate strongly with many children, regardless of their cultural background. Particularly eye-catching is the celebratory, gatefold spread of the long, dancing dragon, which closes the story. An appended author's note gives more background on each of the many customs, which are reinforced in the endpapers featuring symbolic objects broom, a bowl of oranges ntioned in the text. A warm, celebratory introduction to the lunar festival.
Horn Book
A Chinese American girl describes her family's preparations for the Lunar New Year. Her impatience for the big moment moves the story along until the dragon dance, depicted on a long foldout page, finally ushers in the new year. Illustrations featuring Lin's signature clean, bright gouache patterns accompany the tale. An appended spread supplies additional information about the holiday.
Kirkus Reviews
"Is the New Year coming?" One girl waits with bated breath in this child's-eye view of the Chinese celebration. Each member of her family has a role to play, from sweeping the old year from the house and hanging the spring-happiness poems, to making get-rich dumplings and getting a haircut. Eventually, the girl dons her qi pao dress for a delicious feast. She listens to firecrackers in anticipation, but it's still not time for the New Year to arrive. A parade of lions appears to scare away bad luck from the previous year, and children carry lanterns to light the way. At last, thanks to Auntie, a dragon awakens and unfurls in a striking three-page spread, ushering in the New Year in a satisfying conclusion. Simple, energetic language and colorful, appealing art make this a perfect introduction to the holiday, particularly for young children. Includes a note on some of the traditions and symbols surrounding the festivities and endpapers illustrating many of the accoutrements. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A cheery illustration shows Chinese parents and their three daughters looking out their window, while the simple text reads: "Is the New Year coming? I hope so! We try to welcome it in." Narrated by one of the girls, this buoyant book describes preparations for celebrating the Lunar New Year, as family members sweep out the old year with a broom, hang "spring-happiness poems," make "get-rich dumplings," get haircuts, and don new clothing. The lustrous gouache illustrations are saturated with bold primary colors and deftly convey the joyousness of the festivities. In one painting, a parade of children carrying lanterns lights the way for the New Year, while another features people costumed to represent symbolically the lions that will scare away "last year's bad luck" and the dragon that escorts in the New Year. A lovely spread with a foldout page shows the lucky dragon, which has been awakened by having his eyes painted on, surrounded by celebrants banging drums and gongs and blowing noisemakers. Information about the holiday is appended and the endpapers highlight different elements connected with it: a red envelope, firecrackers, a spring lantern, etc. A wonderful and much-needed addition to Chinese New Year literature.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 508
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 120681 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.1 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q47728
Lexile: AD330L
Guided Reading Level: J
Fountas & Pinnell: J

This exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. Each member of the family lends a hand as they sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations, and make dumplings. Then it’s time to put on new clothes and celebrate with family and friends. There will be fireworks and lion dancers, shining lanterns, and a great, long dragon parade to help bring in the Lunar New Year. And the dragon parade in our book is extra long–on a surprise fold-out page at the end of the story. Grace Lin’s artwork is a bright and gloriously patterned celebration in itself! And her story is tailor-made for reading aloud.

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