Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 23, 2012


This year’s Newbery and Caldecott winner and honor books are announced today! Check out here


January 23 is also Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year, and 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, more specifically the year of the Black Water Dragon.

The Year of the Dragon: Tales From the Chinese Zodiac, written by Oliver Chin, illustrated by Jennifer Wood

“2012 is the year of the dragon! Dominic’s parents advise the kingdom’s Emperor and have high expectations for this high-flying dragon. However, when the boy Bo and the other zodiac animals want to learn paddle boat racing, will Dom sink or swim with them? Find out in the seventh book in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series.”                 [JPB CHIN]

Why Rat Comes First: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Clara Yen

“Explains why Rat comes first in the Chinese calendar cycle of twelve years.”





Chinese New Year: Count and Celebrate by Frederick L. McKissack, Jr.

“Kids count from one to ten as they learn about the history, symbols, and customs of Chinese New Year.”           [J394.261 MCKISSACK]




Paper Crafts for Chinese New Year by Randel McGee

“Explains the significance of Chinese New Year and provides illustrated instructions for making traditional paper crafts, including shadow puppets, a Chinese lantern, special “lai see” envelopes, and more!”              [J745.5941 MCGEE]

Xin Nian Kuai Le


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