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Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone

88p. (Orca Origins). bibliog. glossary. index. photos. Orca. Oct. 2017. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781459811263.
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Gr 3–6—This is a slight but visually colorful introduction to the Chinese New Year. It is aimed at upper elementary schoolers, who will find short chapters, bright photos on every page, engaging personal stories, and informative sidebars (including a brief one on the Lunar celebration in other Asian cultures). Myth, history, politics, varying traditions, and family lore make the book useful for teachers as well. Text and glossary silently employ Romanized Cantonese for "Chinese," even when significantly different from Mandarin (e.g., lai see vs. hóngbāo). Many photos are from Vancouver; others could use more specific captions (e.g., the temple on page 14 is actually in Kuala Lumpur). On the plus side are three recipes, an index, and a bibliography.
VERDICT An optional addition to holiday or cultural collections.

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