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Books – Feb 2010

February, 2010
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Happy New Year! 

Ever wondered how the ancient Romans and Druids celebrated the coming of a new year? How about modern-day people in countries like Bali, Ethiopia and Japan? New Year rituals and traditions come in as many colours as fireworks at Chinese New Year, and this gorgeously bright and varied book will take kids a head-spinning tour of places and times and enlightening new year ritual. A bucket of water over the head or apples dipped in honey, anyone? A must-own for multi-culture loving families.

Author: Emery Bernhard
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Ages: 4-8

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Riley and the Dancing Lion: A journey around Hong Kong

Ex-Beijing expat Tania McCartney has released her second book in the Riley travelogue series – Riley and the Dancing Lion – this time taking her little aviator on a fantastical trip around Hong Kong during Chinese New Year. On this journey, Riley discovers all manner of dancing lions from rappers to ballerinas and synchronized swimmers, from Aberdeen and Macau. But will Riley succeed in his quest to find the true dancing lion of Chinese New Year, and is this traditional lion really what he appears to be? Hong Kong-lovers unite!

Author: Tania McCartney
Publisher: Tania McCartney Press
Ages: 0-8

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New Clothes for New Year’s Day

Forget about the Emperor and his new clothes, this little Korean girl will entrance younger readers as she slips her arms into the rainbow-striped jacket of her beautiful new year’s costume. Rich with detail from the colourful ribbons in her hair to the lucky silk pouch and embroidery on her shoes, little ones will relate to tricky and troublesome fastenings that comprises her glorious clothing. Stunning illustrations juxtapose the simplicity of a small child playing dress-ups with elaborate Korean custom and ornamentation that truly celebrates Korea’s cultural heritage. 

Author: Hyun-Joo Bae
Publisher: Kane Miller 
Ages: 0-5

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Chinese New Year for Kids

There are a literal plethora of sensational Chinese New Year books on the market, both in English and Chinese, so it’s difficult to choose from the one to lead the pack, but Chinese New Year for Kids takes things to another level with its authentic Chinese illustrations and fabulous workbook, packed with festive fun. There’s new year party ideas, lion dances, art projects, and even games relating to the Chinese zodiac. Music, physical movement, art, and food all add to the ambiance of taking an imaginary trip to China.

Author: Cindy Roberts
Publisher: Chinasprout Inc
Ages: 4-12

new year everywhere

Happy New Year, Everywhere!

Want a fascinating new year, no matter where you come from? Kids will pore over the world map in this colourful book, pinpointing twenty different countries and their new year traditions. Each country features the date and name of their new year celebration, along with related games, songs, recipes, craft or related activity. Kids will even learn traditional greetings, with guidance on how to pronounce them. Children from all over the world will enjoy this books, and it’s also a priceless learning resource for schools.

Author: Arlene Erlbach
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Ages: 4-8

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