A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Age-appropriate details and lots of information about the food, traditions, and festivities surrounding Lunar New Year.
Persevere to solve problems that keep you from doing the things you enjoy.
Positive Role Models
A warm, happy family has lots of fun with Chinese traditions, celebrating the holiday together.
Centers a Chinese family celebrating Lunar New Year traditions together.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Night Before Lunar New Year, by Natasha Wing and Lingfeng Ho, is a warm, delightful story packed with fun details of the ways a family gets ready to celebrate Lunar New Year. While the family cooks and decorates the house, a young girl worries about the loud noises in the Lunar New Year parade that she loves so much. She perseveres through her fears and comes up with a solution of her own. The rhythm and rhyme of the writing makes this a great book to read aloud, and illustrator Amy Wummer artfully blends the smiling faces and happy pastel scenes with vibrant reds and yellows of dragons, envelopes, and more.
Is It Any Good?
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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