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Title:
Celebrating Chinese New Year
Author:
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 1998.
Physical Description:
32 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Depicts a San Francisco boy and his family preparing for and enjoying their celebration of the Chinese New Year, their most important holiday.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.0 1.0 56690.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.9 3 Quiz: 30902 Guided reading level: Q.
ISBN:
9780823413935
Format :
Book

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A Chinese-American boy's family observes a cherished tradition.


Author Notes

Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith is the art director of Square Moon Productions, a book design and development company. She lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Orinda, California.

Lawrence Migdale takes photographs of children in their own environments. He lives in Orinda, California, with his wife and two sons.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. The hallmark of this pleasant book is its numerous color photographs by Lawrence Migdale, which trace the preparations of young Ryan and his family as they get ready for the Chinese New Year. The family lives in San Francisco, surrounded by relatives, and in the weeks before the holiday, there is a flurry of cleaning, shopping, and cooking. Hoyt-Goldsmith explains the various traditions surrounding the holiday, including honoring ancestors, and then goes on to show the actual celebration and parade, including the famous lion's dance. The text and pictures are a cut above those found in series books on celebrations. A glossary rounds out the treatment. --Ilene Cooper


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-5‘Hoyt-Goldsmith and Migdale have done a stellar job of bringing readers into a holiday celebration. Beginning with the pre-New Year preparations, children follow 10-year-old Ryan Leong and his family as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in San Francisco. Through big, bright photographs and a clear, easy-to-follow text, readers see the preparations and festivities and learn about the history and traditions. The author includes the symbolic meanings of the foods eaten and other customs, an explanation of the Chinese Zodiac, and an in-depth look at the Lion Dance. The book is more detailed than Kate Waters's Lion Dancer (Scholastic, 1990) and June Behrens's Gung Hay Fat Choy (Children's, 1982). The color photographs make it more inviting than Tricia Brown's Chinese New Year (Holt, 1995). Hoyt-Goldsmith's excellent book makes the Chinese New Year celebration accessible and understandable to all children.‘Yapha Nussbaum Mason, Brentwood Lower School, Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.