For Perfect Picture Book Friday this week I am continuing my Asian theme.
Written by Susan Miho Nunes and illustrated by Chris K Soentpiet
Clarion Books, 1995, Fiction
Suitable for: ages 5-8
Themes/Topics: Chinese New Year, Chinatown in NYC, multicultural
Opening and brief synopsis: “The Dragon hung in the window of the Lung Fung Trading Company on Jefferson Street collecting dust, cobwebs and bug skeletons.” Unhappy about having to spend the summer with his great aunt in New York’s Chinatown, Peter discovers a lot of fun, satisfaction and identity with his culture in repairing the old ten-man dragon he finds in a shop window, with the help of his new friends.
Links to resources: Chinese New Year Games and Activities
Why I Like This Book: I am always looking for books to help children become more aware of other cultures and festivals. This is a story that immerses the reader, from a child’s point of view, into the celebration of the Chinese New Year, the importance of culture for second-generation immigrants and a superb insight into New York’s Chinatown. It also offers a positive look at generations and close cultural communities working together on projects that reinforce the culture.
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The Chinese new year 2012 will be celebrated on 23rd of January and is the year of Dragon.