A New Year's Reunion

A New Year's Reunion

Board Book - 2011
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Little Maomao's father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011, c2007
Edition: 1st Candlewick Press ed
ISBN: 9780763658816
0763658812
Branch Call Number: JP YU
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Zhu, Cheng-Liang 1948-

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Feb 07, 2014

This sweet book is reminiscent of Bartoletti's The Christmas Promise. The poignant story subtly depicts the tremendous sacrifices families in China are making to earn a living wage. Special holidays like the Lunar New Year draw faraway family members back home to reconnect with their loved ones. It is a modern Lunar New Year story that stands above and apart from other books on this topic.

ChristchurchLib Jan 24, 2013

Young Maomao's papa works far from home and only gets to visit his family on special occasions, like Chinese New Year. This sweet, touching story, brightly illustrated in a folk-art style, follows the family's activities during Papa's visit - from making sticky rice balls (one with a lucky coin hidden inside) to making household repairs to watching from their rooftop as dragon dancers parade through the streets. From Papa's arrival through his departure, it's a warm family tale that is "sensitive, restrained - but festive too" (Kirkus Reviews).
Picture books January 2013.

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