Fall 2021

Celebrating Chinese New Year

From the Set Celebrating Holidays

The Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate renewal and fresh beginnings. In America, this holiday has become an important and exciting cultural tradition. Lively illustrations and informative text teach readers about the history and pastimes associated with the Chinese New Year, as well as what they can do to commemorate the day. Additional features to aid comprehension include activities and poetry, informative sidebars, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, an index, and an introduction to the author and illustrator.

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  • Gung Hay Fat Choy!
  • New Year in a New Land
  • When Is Chinese New Year?
  • Why a Dragon?
  • Preparing the Heart
  • Preparing the Home
  • The Family Comes Together
  • Fifteen Days of Joy
  • Animals of the Chinese Calendar
  • Joining in the Spirit of Chinese New Year
  • Making Nian Gao
  • Making a Circle Snake
  • Glossary
  • Learn More
  • Index
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 394.261
Lexile 540L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level N
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503853829, 9781503854987
Copyright 2022, 2022
Number of Pages 32, 32
Dimensions 9.5 x 8, 9.5 x 8
Graphics Full-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Celebrating Holidays from Booklist on February 15, 2022

More robust than most introductions to the topic, the Celebrating Holidays series examines an array of religious and secular celebrations in an accessible picture-book format. Comprised of eight or nine chapters (typically two to four pages), each book presents a holiday’s history, associated foods and traditions (including variations around the world), meaningful symbols, and related poems and songs; simple crafts, recipes, and suggestions to help kids get in the holiday spirit follow the main text, as well. Clean, attractive layouts sport colorful headings, short paragraphs of smoothly written text, and inviting illustrations on nearly every page. Frequent fact boxes and bubbles contribute trivia and quotes that further enhance the proceedings. Celebrating Chinese New Year explains the significance of dragons, the color red, firecrackers, and lanterns to this holiday and China’s use of a lunar calendar. Celebrating Christmas touches on the nativity story and Santa Claus, in addition to advent wreaths and the possible origin of Christmas trees. Kids will learn about the Jewish Festival of Lights in Celebrating Hanukkah, which relays the story of the Maccabees and the importance of the menorah, traditional fried foods, and the game dreidel. Celebrating Mother’s Day offers a fun glimpse of how children around the world honor their moms, from baking a special cake in France to gently tying her up in Serbia. A strong, well-rounded series.

A noteworthy review of Celebrating Holidays from School Library Journal on November 1, 2021

This series captures the sights and sounds of holidays around the world. Young readers are introduced to new holidays and learn the histories of familiar celebrations. Each title reproduces the excitement with descriptive language and engaging illustrations. Modern-day practices are traced back to their origins and the cultural significance of foods and colors is explained, but the books also convey the sheer joy of time spent with friends and family. Included in the books are recipes, traditional songs, poetry, crafts, and ideas for joining the spirit of the celebration. Back matter includes a glossary with pronunciation, index, and additional resources. VERDICT This beautiful series should be a go-to resource for each holiday season.

Author: Ann Heinrichs

Ann Heinrichs grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She began playing the piano at age three and thought she would grow up to be a pianist. Instead, she became a writer. She is the author of more than 200 books for children and young adults on Asian, African, and U.S. history and cultures, as well as grammar and natural history subjects. Ann has also written numerous newspaper, magazine, and encyclopedia articles. Ann has traveled to the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, and now lives in Chicago, IL.

Illustrator: Benrei Huang