by Carolyn Otto; Haiwang Yuan Book : Juvenile audience
A nice addition to any library.   (2010-01-07)
Celebrate Chinese New Years with Fireworks, Dragons, and Lanterns by Carolyn Otto is a Holidays Around the World book by National Geographic. The photos are spectacular, and the format is inviting in this books which discusses how this important Chinese holiday was celebrated in the past as well as how modern Chinese celebrate Chinese New Years in many different places in the world. It discusses the importance of family and the preparations that lead up to the holiday that stretches out for two weeks. Brightly colored decorations, new clothes, fireworks, drumming, lanterns, games, great food and dragon dances are just a few of the ways this traditional holiday is celebrated. The book includes an informative section in the back with directions for making a Chinese lantern, an explanation of the Chinese Zodiac, a recipe for fortune cookies, web sites for more information, a glossary, a map of where photos from the book were taken and a serious explanation of the origins of Chinese New Years. Since our school is now teaching Chinese to our students, I have been looking for quality materials to support our students and teachers. This is the best book on Chinese New Years I have seen!
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