It is Hong’s favorite time of the year.
His whole family celebrates.
It is the Chinese New Year.
In this beautifully illustrated book, children aged 2 to 6 will follow Hong as he and his family prepare for and celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival. They will also enjoy reading the story behind the most important celebration in Chinese culture. More interesting facts and questions for discussion are included at the back of the book.
Written in English and Chinese, Chinese New Year Wishes is perfect as an early reader or to read aloud.
Targeted Age Group:: 2-6 years
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to create a story that was interesting for children to read but at the same time, teaches them something about the Chinese New Year and its customs. The Chinese translation helps kids read it with their Chinese parents or grandparents. Unlike other books on the Chinese New Year, I included a mix of colorful illustrations and photographs.
Hi! I am Hong.
This is my favorite time of the year.
My whole family celebrates.
It is Chinese New Year.
The house has to be spotless.
We clean it from top to bottom.
I hang up red and gold decorations.
It will give us good luck next year.
Grandpa takes me to the temple.
We pray for peace and happiness.
I shake a box of bamboo sticks.
It tells me I will be lucky next year!
Tomorrow is Chinese New Year.
Our family gets together for dinner.
The table is full of yummy food.
I love the noodles and dumplings!
It is the first day of the New Year.
I wear new clothes and shoes.
My parents give me a red packet.
With the money I can buy a toy car!
We watch the New Year’s parade.
A huge red dragon is dancing.
The booming drums make lots of noise.
Happy Chinese New Year!
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Hi! I'm Jillian, the author of children's books about the history and culture of China, even though I live all the way Down Under.
I'm also a mother of two, and my children are the main reason I started writing books. When they were still little, I had to delve into my Chinese roots for a family reunion. That's when I stumbled on the most amazing stories about the emperors, warriors, artists, and inventors that make up the long and colorful culture and history of China.
Inspired, I decided to bring these stories to life, so that my kids could learn more about their Chinese heritage. No dates, no dry details–just interesting stories that they could read and hopefully, learn a fact or two in the process. I hope you'll enjoy my books, too!