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Alex's Good Fortune

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Sweet, colorful story of family Lunar New Year traditions.

Book Benson Shum Holiday 2020
Two friends smiling under Chinese lanterns

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The simple happiness of the illustrations perfectly reflects the tone and relationships in this lovely celebration of Lunar New Year. Alex's Good Fortune shows two good friends enjoying Alex's family traditions, and each page shares something new. Readers see what each different part of the meal symbolizes, why she cleans her room, what's so important about the dragon parade, and more. The vocabulary can be challenging but not intimidating to sound out the words. The pages are packed with information, and the Chinese zodiac and English translations at the end are a lot of fun.

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