Monday, February 16, 2015

The Year Of The Sheep

The Year of the Sheep by Oliver Chin

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim

February 19th marks the Lunar New Year and the year of the sheep, which may also be depicted as the goat or ram.  The holiday lasts until March 5th this year and is a time of traditions; red envelopes of lucky money, paper dragons, and firecrackers are part of the festivities, but the Lunar New Year is focused on being with family and what better way to come together than around stories.   Here are a handful of books for kids that I like for the upcoming holiday (with a whole tribe of great-nephews and great-nieces as well as supporting the St. Francis Day Care Center, I have plenty to buy for) :

 The Year of the Sheep, the latest in the Tales of the Chinese Zodiac picture book series, introduces a sheep named Sydney who demonstrates the valuable characteristics of those born under this sign: kindness, cooperation, and creativity.  Ages 4-8

 Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas is a fun re-telling of the Golidlocks story, with a Lunar New Year twist. And unllke the original, this Goldy feels bad about all the havoc she caused and in making things right also makes a new friend.  Ages 4-8

 Filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations, Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats is a treasury of recipes, crafts, and folklore for five Chinese holidays beginning with Lunar New Year.  Simple instructions and recipes are accompanied by interesting information about how and why traditions such as the Tray of Prosperity continue today. Ages 4-8

  Chapter book readers will enjoy a holiday themed mystery in the A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #5: The New Year Dragon Dilemma. San Fransisco's Miss Chinatown goes missing during the Chinese New Year  parade and these young sleuths Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are on the case. Ages 6-9

  Newbery Honor winning author Grace Lin blends Chinese folktales and fantasy in Starry River of the Sky.  The moon has gone missing and a young runaway named Rendi has begun to notice all the other peculiarities in his village.  When a mysterious woman arrives and begins telling her stories, the villagers and Rendi himself, start to change. Ages 8-12

I am sure that you can find them at but try to buy them at your local bookstore.

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