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Lunar New Year

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A celebratory, inclusive and educational exploration of Lunar New Year for both children that celebrate and children who want to understand and appreciate their peers who do.

Lunar New Year captures the magic of the celebration by exploring how Ling and her family enjoy the biggest Chinese festival of the year. The new year festival lasts for 15 days full of preparation, celebration and symbolism. Join Ling, her sister Mei and granny Po Po as they clean the house from top to bottom, pick fresh flowers from the garden, visit friends and family, and carry red lanterns through their neighbourhood. Ling invites the reader into her home and family, allowing the reader to experience this special celebration first-hand through an authentic narrative non-fiction story.

A fun 16-page ‘factivity’ section follows the story and delves into more detail about how the festival is celebrated in China and beyond. Enriching activities are also included, such as guess the riddle, make your own red envelope and a recipe to make delicious Lunar New Year ‘pot sticker’ dumplings.

Learn all about the magic of Lunar New Year, by exploring:
The preparations in the lead-up to the festival
The Reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve
New Year’s day fireworks
Dragon dancing and the New Year Monster
The lantern festival
… and more!

In the Celebrations & Festivals series, you are invited into a family’s celebrations as you explore the magic and excitement of religious and cultural festivals around the world. The heart-warming story is followed by a fun ‘factivity’ section packed with information on the festival in more detail along with activities, recipes and craft projects to enjoy.

Our Review Panel says...

This is a book that will really engage younger audiences. The story is fun, the illustrations are bright and vivid and there is a lot of learning about the Lunar New Year and the history behind it. The story follows a family preparing for and taking part in their Lunar New Year celebrations. It explains in a really engaging way why there are certain traditions – why is red a lucky colour? Why are bangers and fireworks part of the celebration? What is the story behind the dragon and lion dances? These are all explained in a clear and concise way. There are activities included in the book as well so it’s great for supporting learning for the Lunar New Year.

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