Learn all about the traditions of Lunar New Year—also known as Chinese New Year—with this fourth board book in the Celebrate the World series, which highlights special occasions and holidays across the globe.
After the winter solstice each year, it’s time for a celebration with many names: Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, and Lunar New Year! With beautiful artwork by Chinese illustrator Alina Chau, this festive board book teaches readers that Lunar New Year invites us to spend time with family and friends, to light lanterns, and set off fireworks, dance with dragons, and to live the new year in harmony and happiness.
In the fourth title of the Celebrate the World board book series, Eliot describes the folkloric and cultural history of Chinese New Year including the story of Nian, a monster who is only frightened by "the loud crackling of burning bamboo (or firecrackers), the color red, and the bright lights of lanterns." Families are pictured lighting fireworks and lanterns, hanging red decorations, and dining together. Finally, it's the Lantern Festival: "We celebrate with parades led by people dressed as dragons and lions." Chau illustrates in fluid, elegant lines and depicts warm interactions between loved ones. Even those who don't observe the holiday may reflect on similarities within their own family traditions. Ages 2 4.