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The Night Before Lunar New Year

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Family's Lunar New Year tale is a fun, detailed read-aloud.

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This is a wonderful story for those who regularly celebrate Lunar New Year and for those who are just learning about it. The Night Before Lunar New Year is full of warmth and great details about how families and communities celebrate, and the girl's worries about loud noises at the parade reminds readers that things can be hard even in the middle of happiness. Those familiar with the story The Night Before Christmas will see a similar beginning here: "‘Twas the night before Lunar New Year and all through weeks past … " which is a fun twist for families who celebrate multiple cultural traditions.

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