Thursday, February 3, 2011
Happy New Year! . . .
Welcome to the year of the Rabbit! Yes, today is the Chinese New Year. Well, actually, last night was the Chinese New Year since we in the western hemisphere are a day behind. The kids around my house cheer in the Chinese New Year for their Uncle Steven who has been living in China these past 5 1/2 years. To celebrate, we read Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin and My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz (and Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel). These two books cater to very young readers. Both present very simple introductions to the basic Chinese customs and traditions for hailing in the new year (and authors' notes with further details). So if you're interested in discovering more about the Chinese New Year, these two books provide a good starting point.