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Happy, Happy Chinese New Year! First Edition
Contributor(s): Demi
ISBN: 0375826424     ISBN-13: 9780375826429
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: November 2003
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Annotation: "In a book that is itself a celebration, Demi explains the rituals and ideas behind the Chinese New Year festival. The last 15 days of the old year are spent cleaning and preparing ('Wash your hair and get a new haircut. Pay the debts that you owe and collect what is owed to you!'). On the eve of the new moon, a special feast is prepared. . . . The first 15 days of the new year are spent celebrating with lion dances, firecrackers, and other activities. Demi's characteristic tiny, lively figures illustrate each page, with several spreads devoted to small, labeled pictures identifying things associated with the holiday. Infused with joy and filled with information."--"Booklist
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Chinese New Year; Juvenile literature.
Chinese New Year.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Other, Non-religious
Dewey: 394.261
LCCN: 2003043469
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 6.28" H x 8.00" W x 0.25" (0.40 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 76906
Reading Level: 3.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
"In a book that is itself a celebration, Demi explains the rituals and ideas behind the Chinese New Year festival. The last 15 days of the old year are spent cleaning and preparing ('Wash your hair and get a new haircut. Pay the debts that you owe and collect what is owed to you '). On the eve of the new moon, a special feast is prepared. . . . The first 15 days of the new year are spent celebrating with lion dances, firecrackers, and other activities. Demi's characteristic tiny, lively figures illustrate each page, with several spreads devoted to small, labeled pictures identifying things associated with the holiday. Infused with joy and filled with information."--"Booklist"

Contributor Bio(s): mi has long been interested in Eastern art and philosophy, which inspired her to create this book about the Chinese New Year celebration. She has written and illustrated more than 20 books for children, including The Empty Pot, Gandhi, and Kites: Magic Wishes that Fly Up to the Sky.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring)
Originally published as [cf2]Happy New Year! / Kung-hsi Fa-ts'ai![cf1], this edition has been shortened and then shrunk down to gift book├╗size. The illustrations, set in an unspecified past era in China, are still colorful and detailed, but much of the type is just too small. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2003 December #3)
The Year of the Monkey begins January 22, 2004, with colorful festivities. Happy, Happy Chinese New Year! by Demi is a reissue of her 1997 book Happy New Year! Kung-His Fa-Ts'ai! She chronicles New Year celebrations against delicate landscapes of Chinese houses and fields, with pictures of children preparing for the holiday, a listing of foods and their special significance (e.g., "Taffy candy, T'ang-kua, is for the Kitchen God, Tsun Kuan") as well as the Lantern Festival. A festively hued preprinted cover depicts the Lion Dance (to scare away evil spirits), and a transparent vinyl cover carries the title and author. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.