Chinese Culture

PoPo’s Lucky Chinese New Year By Virginia Loh-Hagan


Back of Book:

When her Chinese grandmother comes to visit, a young Chinese-American girl learns of and participates in the customs and beliefs celebrating an authentic Chinese New Year.

My Review:

This is a delightful story to read for Chinese New Year.  The story follows a young girl who is learning everything about Chine New Year from her PoPo (grandmother). The little girl works hard to follow all the rules so she can have good luck for the rest of the year. The story follows the girl as she makes traditional food, and wears traditional clothing. Throughout the book PoPo lovingly steers her granddaughter through the dos and don’ts of preparing for the new year. I love that at the bottom of each page, readers can read more about the traditions that come with the new year. The illustrations are well drawn and allow readers to clearly see how Chinese New Year is celebrated. The back of the book has directions on how to make a Chinese Pellet Drum.  An excellent read aloud for Kindergarten and First grade.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Roses Sing on New Snow: a Delicious Tale By Paul Yee



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 Back of Book: Maylin is a young girl who works very hard in her father’s restaurant 7 days a week in China Town.  She loves creating delicious meals that everyone will enjoy. She especially loves cooking for the men who are new to America and may be missing their families back in China. Although Maylin cooks very hard she never gets any of the credit. Her lazy father and brothers take credit even though they have never cooked a day in their lives. Then one  day the governor of South China arrives. Maylin’s father orders her to make a dish that will impress the governor. She creates a delicious dish and names it Roses Sing on New Snow. The governor loved Maylin’s the best out of all the dishes He demanded to know who had created such an amazing dish. He and all the guests at the feast were surprised to see that a woman created the dish. The governor demanded that Maylin come to China and create the dish for the emperor of China!

My Review:  I randomly picked up this book based on the cover and after reading it was immediately glad I had. It is a beautiful story that shows Chinese culture in America. Maylin is a strong female character who is not afraid to work hard and fight for what she believed in. This is a great story to pull out when discussing strong female roles the Chinese New Year.

Ages 8 and up

32 Pages