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Gung Hay Fat Choy

January 27, 2009

or Happy Chinese New Year!

 

In celebration of Chinese New Year we traveled to a friend’s house for a yummy traditional Chinese dinner and have been reading some of our favorite Chinese books to the kids. I thought it might be fun to highlight a couple here on my blog.

The Seven Chinese SistersThe Seven Chinese Sisters by Kathy Tucker (and illustrated by Grace Lin) is a wonderful picture book about the bond of sisterhood and how each individuals special talent plays a part in saving baby sister number seven when she is taken by a dragon. The story is sweet, but the best part are the simple yet vibrant illustrations by Grace Lin. Speaking of Grace, she’s not only an illustrator, but a children’s book author as well.

Dim Sum for Everyone!Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin is a cute little picture book that introduces young children to dim sum, a traditional lunch where small dishes of food are brought around on carts and customers can pick and choose what they want to eat. We as a family try to go to the dim sum restaurant once every few weeks and since Leah was a little toddler she always wanted me to read this book to her. We even brought it along to the restaurant once to compare the pictures to the food!

Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese WeddingUncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding is written by local author Lenore Look. We were fortunate enough to meet Ms. Look once and even got her to sign her books for us. Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding is a beautifully illustrated book which tells the story of Jenny, a young girl who has a wonderful relationship with her Uncle Peter and is starting to feel a bit jealous at the thought of having to share him with her soon to be Aunt. The story gives you a glimpse of the many traditions of a Chinese wedding and also explains how Uncle Peter won’t ever forget his special niece. So sweet.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2009 2:36 pm

    A friend in Hawaii posted some videos of the Lion Dance on her blog…
    http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/girasoli/

    They might be fun for the kids to watch.

  2. January 30, 2009 6:50 pm

    Hey there! We just bought Seven Chinese Sisters at the CNY party. Love it (and so does Allie).

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