January 30, 2013

Chinese New Year Books! And a Rad Dragon.



It's almost time for Happy Chinese New Year! I love Happy Chinese New Year. I love it so much more than non-Chinese New Year. There is RED! There are lucky coins! There are noodles! There are superstitions! (don't wash or cut your hair, yo!)

There are DRAGONS.

Andrew would like you to know that he drew that SWEET DRAGON, and also designed the awesome lens flare, AND THEN chose to write the little greeting in Papyrus font, the bane of web designers everywhere. YOU'RE WELCOME. He's so happy with himself, you have no idea. He wishes that we could have added sound effects too, and had really loud rock music blaring because "That dragon is so metal."

This year, the Chinese lunar new year is on Sunday, February 10. Year of the Snake, that's my husband's Chinese astrological sign. I'm a Rooster and Julia is a dog. (she's bummed about that, she wants to be a dragon or a tiger.) I've made a Happy Chinese New Year list of extremely fun books for you and your kidlets to read. So enjoy a story, make a dragon, eat some dumplings and have yourself a GUNG HAY FAT CHOY time.


1) 'Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats' by Nina Simonds and Meilo So. 2) 'Happy, Happy Chinese New Year' by Demi. 3) 'The Year of the Snake' by Oliver Chin and Jennifer Wood.

4) 'The Dancing Dragon' by Marcia Vaughan and Stanley Wong Hoo Foom. 5) 'Chinese Children's Favorite Stories' by Mingmei Yip. 6) 'Long-Long's New Year' by Catherine Gower and He Zhihong.

Hope you enjoy! The 'Moonbeams, Dumplings, and Dragon Boats' books is on its way to us now; I've been coveting that one for ages. And today I'm off trying to find some of the others from the library.

Are you excited for Happy Chinese New Year like I am? Probably not like I am. But a little maybe? And more importantly, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT DRAGON???

16 comments:

  1. Great book list! The dragon is awesome! Your story of Julia being bummed about her sign is hilarious because my boy feels the same way! He cried when he found out he was a monkey and not a dragon! I thought he would cry too when he'll find out his sister is a dragon but he took it rather well.

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    1. these things can seriously bum you out, I understand totally :)

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  2. Woo-hoo! Year of the Snake! (I'm Year of the Snake, too.) I hate to admit it, but I always forget about Chinese New Year until it's suddenly arrived. You have inspired me to find some books and celebrate right.

    And... Awesome dragon, Andrew.

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    1. IT'S AN ALL CAPS DAY! WOO! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YR!

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  3. I'm excited. Great list. I'm going to make some lanterns soon.

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    1. we make Japanese springtime lanterns! I LOVE THEM.

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  4. Great list! That dragon definitely registers a sick point sick on the sickter scale.

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  5. I'm a tiger. Nanny nanny boo boo. Hey, that's terrible to taunt a child about the Chinese Zodiac! I'm thoroughly ashamed of myself. I spent A LOT of time reading the placemats at Chinese restaurants as a kid--we ate out a lot.

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  6. I'm a dragon, so yes, I love the dragon! Ben was completely devastated to learn that he was a rabbit. (Especially since I am dragon....) Tell, Julia Dog is definitely not the worst one! :)

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    1. I thought I was a dog for the longest time! Most of my life! until I realized that my birthday came before chinese new yr during my birth year, which made me fall under the sign of the previous year. thus, a rooster. it was all terribly intriguing and mysterious, like having an alias identity...:)

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  7. I don't know if dog is the worst... last year when my nephew was born (year of the dragon) it was a big topic of conversation... awesome year to be born! Then Bibs found out he was a Pig. devastated. totally devastated. Trapper and I are both monkey's we're cool with that.

    So have you celebrated Happy Chinese New Year ever since you were a kid?

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    1. I have not! I only started after I went through my feng shui phase in my mid 20's :) -- then after I met Andrew, it turned out that his best friend and I have birthdays 1 day apart and nearly always very close to Chinese New Yr (it's kinda late this year) -- so we began combining our birthdays and having a joint celebration that we also linked up to Chinese New Yr -- we usually do a Chinese food potluck party :)

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  8. What a great book list! I have to say... It's on of my all-time favorite holidays. Wish I would have read it earlier so I could have purchased a few before Chinese New Year Storytime this weekend. Ugh. Next time!

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    1. We've been reading the Moonbeams and Dumplings book and it's GREAT! If you like to cook, you gotta go for that one, it's a really brilliant book, stories, interesting facts about the different chinese holidays and cool recipes :)

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