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*Bringing in the New Year* by Grace Lin
Also by Grace Lin:

Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Our Seasons
Bringing in the New Year
by Grace Lin
Ages 4-8 34 pages Knopf January 2008 Hardcover    

I truly enjoyed reviewing Bringing in the New Year. A family of five prepares to bring in the New Year as they clean the home and hang Spring-Happiness Poems and other decorations. Mother makes Get-Rich Dumplings with the helpful little hands of her three children. Even though she is very busy with preparations for the festivity, she still finds time to trim the hair of one of the children. Finally everyone dresses up in their finest Qi Pao clothing to enjoy the feast, firecrackers, and each other. To end the evening, a dragon appears and dances with the revelers, who are blowing horns, drumming drums and banging cymbals.

The 14-page book closes with a 2-page description of the Chinese New Year. The illustrations are very large and would work wonderfully in a group situation. There is also a page near the end of the book that folds open to reveal a quite long dragon.

Bringing in the New Year was written and illustrated by Grace Lin, the author of numerous popular novels and children’s books including The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat, Dim Sum for Everyone, Kite Flying, and Fortune Cookie Fortunes. She has also illustrated many books for other authors. Check out her work at

Unfortunately, I could find no information on the eco-printing steps the publisher had taken (recycled content, inks used, carbon off-setting, etc.) and as such I felt I had to dock this book. However, I could not find it in my heart to dock it more than one-half star.

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