Sunday, January 22, 2012

Long-Long's New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!  Welcome the Year of the Dragon.  

In celebration of the year of the dragon, check out Long-Long's New Year by Catherine Gower and illustrated by He Zhihong (c. 2005).  He Zhihong paints her exquisite pictures on silk and rice paper, a technique which brings Gower's story to life.

Long-Long and his grandfather go to market to try to sell their fine, fresh cabbages hoping to earn enough money to properly celebrate the Spring Festival.  Grandfather encounters several road blocks, and in the meantime, kids enjoy watching Long-Long's resourcefulness.  Born in the year of the dragon, Long-Long is aptly named since long is the Chinese word for dragon.

Visit to view He Zhihong's exquisite illustrations.

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