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Lion dancer : Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year
Waters, Kate.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Inc., [1990]

Physical Description:
29 unnumbered pages ; 22 cm
Describes six-year-old Ernie Wong's preparations, at home and in school, for the Chinese New Year celebrations and his first public performance of the lion dance.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 29241.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 2 Quiz: 06895 Guided reading level: N.
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GT4905 .W34 1990 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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Describes six-year-old Ernie Wong's preparations, at home and in school, for the Chinese New Year celebrations and his first public performance of the lion dance.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 6-9. A photographic essay that introduces the famous Chinese New Year's Lion Dance as performed on the streets of New York City. The dance and its myriad preparations are seen through the eyes of six-year-old Ernie Wan, who will be performing in his first Lion Dance. Although the book's content is interesting, especially the inside look at a Chinese American home, the format is too crowded. The color photographs, while crisp and appealing, are often placed two or three to a page, which dilutes their impact. The text is often vague: Ernie wears new clothes for the New Year so that "evil spirits won't recognize us," a statement that demands clarification. Still, the lack of in-print material on the Chinese New Year makes this a useful title, especially where Chinese culture is studied in the classroom or a need exists in the community. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-- In brief, simple sentences, Ernie Wan describes his Chinese -American family's celebration of the lunar New Year. Ernie lives in New York City's Chinatown, where traditions are rooted in the culture of southern China. Ernie's father, a kung fu master, choreographs The Lion Dance, the center of the community celebration and a major tourist attraction. This year, Ernie dances in the place of honor under the lion's head. Color photographs depict private and public festivities. Brown's Chinese New Year (Holt, 1987), reported in third person, gives more general information about Chinese traditions. Set in San Francisco's Chinatown and portraying the same regional customs in black-and-white photographs, Brown's book explains how the date for New Year is determined (something Lion Dancer never mentions) and emphasizes the variety of ways in which Chinese people celebrate this all-important holiday. Both books include a chart of the 12-year Chinese zodiac; Lion Dancer adds a horoscope for each of the animal signs. Hou-Tien Cheng's The Chinese New Year (Holt, 1976) tells how the holiday is celebrated in China. Brown's book remains the best overall introduction to the Chinese-American celebration, with Lion Dancer a strong supplement for its immediacy, its vibrant color, and its sympathetic look at a Chinese family. --Margaret A. Chang, Buxton School, Williamstown, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.