Bringing In the New Year

Bringing In the New Year This exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year Each member of the family lends a hand as they sweep out the dust of the old year hang decorations and m

  • Title: Bringing In the New Year
  • Author: Grace Lin
  • ISBN: 9780375837456
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year Each member of the family lends a hand as they sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations, and make dumplings Then it s time to put on new clothes and celebrate with family and friends There will be fireworks and lion dancers, shining lanterns, and a great, long dragoThis exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year Each member of the family lends a hand as they sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations, and make dumplings Then it s time to put on new clothes and celebrate with family and friends There will be fireworks and lion dancers, shining lanterns, and a great, long dragon parade to help bring in the Lunar New Year And the dragon parade in our book is extra long on a surprise fold out page at the end of the story Grace Lin s artwork is a bright and gloriously patterned celebration in itself And her story is tailor made for reading aloud.

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    1. I love Grace Lin's work I have learned. This is a simple story about a family getting ready for Chinese New Year. Other books give info on the celebration means and what people do. Grace gives this information through the eyes of a family preparing for it. It makes it more personal. It is still a simple story. For early readers. The art is colorful and happy. I want to join in the celebration. The kids were more into this book also. They did think all the names being repeated was funny and could [...]

    2. Picture book fictionGrades: PreK - 2Ages: 3-7Lexile Measure: AD330LDRA Level: 18Themes: ceremony and tradition, Chinese New Year, Chinese and Chinese American, family life, winterWith the Chinese Lunar New Year starting on February 16, now might be a great time to use this picture book to introduce your children to some of the traditions of this wonderful festival as celebrated by a Chinese-American family. The art is vivid, and basic versions of common traditions are presented in simple languag [...]

    3. When my kiddo was around 10, she developed an interest in Chinese myths. That interest grew and soon included food, culture and language. So, one bitter cold Sunday, we took the subway down to Chinatown in NYC to see the Dragon Parade welcoming in the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year. What an exciting day that was - we ate dumplings, sticky rice cakes and drank lots of tea, watched the dragon wake up and just enjoyed the day out despite the 20°F temperature. Next thing I knew, kiddo was fini [...]

    4. This book “Bringing in the New Year” is suitable to use for ages 3 to 6. It was written by Grace Lin. It tells a story of young Chinese girl in the U.S. celebrate the Lunar New Year with her family and friends together. They clean their house, make dumplings, hang decorations, and wear new clothes. After dinner, there will have fireworks and lion dancers on the streets. I like this book. It is a great book for showing customs and rituals of Chinese New Year with everyone. New Year’s is the [...]

    5. Bringing in the New Year written by Grace Lin follows the life of a little girl and her family. The story is about the family preparing for the New Year and shows each step the family takes in order to prepare from, setting up decorations, making food, and dressing up. The story is very short and has simple sentences. The book is made for an audience of Kindergarten to 1st grade. The illustrations follow the story of the book and children can understand the story without the words. The book is c [...]

    6. A very cute and educational story about the Lunar New Year. Grace Lin is a great author and her picture books are just as informative as her longer novels for children.

    7. Summary:Bringing in the New Year is a story about a young girl whose family is preparing to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Different preparations are mentioned, such as decorations, food, and traditional clothing. The celebration includes a family gathering, fireworks, paper lanterns, and dragons. The end of the book provides the reader with factual information about the Chinese New Year. Evaluation: I liked this book because it had many different elements for the reader to experience. The open [...]

    8. Summary: A young Chinese girl and her family are welcoming in the new year. The girl and her family go through the preparations involved in preparing for the new near, discussing the Chinese traditions. At the end of the story the new year has arrived and the family celebrates with friends. Evaluation:I gave this story three stars because I felt like it is a resourceful tool to use around the time of the Chinese New Year. It is an easy story to read; however, it might not catch the attention of [...]

    9. (K - 3rd grade)Bringing in the New Year was a very exciting and colorful book to read. Being so close to Christmas time and the New Year, I was very happy to run across this book. Celebrating the New Year is always a happy time. I was able to learn about some of the customs and rituals that go along with the Chinese New Year. The illustrator used lots of thin lines that provided an inviting feeling. Learning about a new culture can be awkward at times and by using lots of curved and thin lines, [...]

    10. The book 'Bringing in the New Year' by Grace Lin is a colorful book that tells the story of how a different culture brings in the New Year. This short picture book tells the story of a family and their cultural traditions. The books illustrations are so colorful and truly pop out of the pages for the reader's eyes. As you can see, on the cover almost every color is used. The cover shows the character, Mei Mei in a cultural headdress of some kind. When you open the book it has small pictures of c [...]

    11. I love Grace Lin. Her contributions to quality children's literature are many. Bringing in the New Yearserved as a good review for my students of many of things we have learned about celebrating Chinese New Year. The details in Lin's illustrations are what I value most -- thechun lianreading 'good luck' on the family's front door, the children covering their ears at the sound of firecrackers, the details on the dragon, and so on. And this is the only children's text I have that references the ey [...]

    12. 1. Text to self – It’s never a bore learning about others’ culture and traditions. It’s interesting for me to see how another culture celebrates a holiday differently from us that we happen share. 2. Remembering: Name two items the Chinese use to celebrate the New Year.Understanding: Briefly describe how the Chinese bring in the new year. Applying: What questions might you ask a Chinese individual about their New Year’s tradition if given the chance?Analyzing: How do the tradtions of A [...]

    13. The text is sparse, and I wasn't super into it.The colorful illustrations fill the pages, and I really liked the snowflakes, but the anticipation of the New Year framed the New Year as an actual entity that could appear, which I wasn't into -- and the sparse text didn't explain much of what was happening, so it was difficult for me to hook into the story.(Also, one reviewer notes, "I wish Lin had included somewhere the meanings of the words she used for family members - Jie Jie means big sister, [...]

    14. What a nice little picture book I loved going through the preparations of the Chinese or Lunar New Year with this Chinese-American family. This story goes through the preparations and the customs preparing for the Chinese New Year. This book does an excellent job of showing the different culture, food and fun that comes with the Chinese New Year. I think this would be a great book for kids to better understand the ideas of different cultures from their own. I think this is great for all ages, bu [...]

    15. This story is a story about a family bringing in the Chinese New Year. This book is illustrated with beautiful bright pictures while the author describes the objects that are important to the tradition of bringing in the New Year. We learn about decorations, Clothing and getting ourselves ready, as well as traditional food and festivities.This was a very interesting book. It’s been a great introduction to Chinese New Year in my classroom which will be celebrated by five of my families. The chi [...]

    16. This is a story about a family bringing in the New Year (Chinese New Year). The family starts by emptying their house of things from the last new year and hanging up happiness poems. Dumplings are prepared, hairstyles are changed, and new clothing is put on for the special new year's celebration. The repeatedly asked question in the story is when the new year is coming. Firecrackers go off outside and the dragon goes around the celebration, which means the new year is coming soon. As soon as Aun [...]

    17. A classic picture book to introduce pre-K to 1st graders to the Lunar New Year holiday. Her gorgeous art and sweet story capture the warmth and joy of this holiday perfectly. As someone who has my best childhood memories from celebrating Chinese New Year in Taiwan, this book takes me back to those days. My American kids love this book and want to read it even after the holiday is over. This book is my default recommendation, gift to any early years teachers and parents who ask about the holiday. [...]

    18. This books characters are Ba-Ba, Ma-Ma, Jie-Jie, and Mei-Mei. It is a simple short story about sweeping away the old year, and welcoming the New Year.People parade for this festival almost a month ahead of time. They clean houses to sweep out the old year. They pay their debts so the new year begins debt free. The firecrackers symbolize scaring away any evil spirits. Therefore, this correlates to how each year is a new beginning in learning what has happened to be in experience of what is yet to [...]

    19. A young girl tells of her family's preparations for the Lunar New Year: hanging red couplets, making dumplings, sweeping the floors, getting a haircut, and wearing new clothing. The celebration culminates in a dragon dance, which is depicted on a large three-page fold-out. Children will be swept into the New Year's celebrations by Lin's vibrant illustrations. Parents will appreciate the cultural notes Lin provides about the traditions described in her book.

    20. This story explains the culture and traditions behind the Chinese new year. The story is able a young girl and how her family get ready for the moment. From making good deeds with people, to cleaning the entire house. At the end of the story the new year has arrived and the family and community celebrate, a lot. This is a good book for any child, Chinese or not because he/she can be taught new cultures.

    21. Describes Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) festivities and food through the eyes of a young Chinese American girl. Sounds like fun to me! I was interested to see non-Asian children also shown celebrating. As the author explains, the holiday has come to be called Lunar New Year because so many other cultures celebrate it. It would sure be nice to watch some colorful fireworks in the middle of drab, dreary winter!

    22. Short, simple and clear introduction to the traditions of Chinese New Year celebrations.This is my favorite Lunar New Year book I've read. It is simple but gets across all the important traditions of the holiday. Grace Lin's illustrations fit so perfectly with their bright colors. There's a note in the back with further information. If you only have time for one Chinese New Year read, I'd pick this one.

    23. In this book a Chinese family explains their traditions for the Chinese New Year, and how they celebrate at their home.I liked this book, because there is diversity in the classrooms. Students who celebrate the Chinese New Year can relate to the book. I think it’s also a good way to introduce students to a different culture other than their own.Questions- what does your family do to celebrate holidays?Who comes to your house or do you go to another place?

    24. A family celebrates the chinese new year. In a classroom this could be celebrated by using the same activities found in the book to teach about how the Chinese culture celebrates their holiday’s. The students could make paper lanterns and a dragon. In the back of the book it explains the cultural traditions of the new year.

    25. -this book would be great to learn more about the Chinese New Year -ELLs will be able to relate to this celebration, especailly from the Chinese culture-a great way to connect is to have the studnets who celebrate this bring in something they own that has to do with Chinese New Year; that way they are familiar with the material at hand

    26. In Grace Lin’s bright and simple picture book, the whole family gets involved to prepare for Chinese New Year. On each two-page spread, a member of the family demonstrates New Year duties. Jie-Jie sweeps the old year out, Ma-Ma makes the dumplings, Auntie wakes the dragon. Is it time for New Year yet? This is a perfect introduction to Chinese New Year traditions for young readers.

    27. Nice little picture book that involves the story of a family getting ready for the new year. Each family member has a role to play - like sweeping out the old year, making the lucky dumplings, etc. One particularly important addition is a section in the back. It shows the different between how Chinese New Year used to be celebrated and how it is celebrated today.

    28. The BEST book about Chines or Lunar New Year for PreK-2. Simple text shows readers how the different members of the family prepare for and celebrate the holiday. An author's note follows the story and is the most well written note explaining the holiday for children that I've come across so far. Great read aloud and an essential book on this subject.

    29. I really enjoyed how this story presented the Chinese New Year to children. It presents in in a nice simple way that children can enjoy. The pictures are colorful and invite children to look at them and see new things ever time it is read to them. The back has extra information about the Chinese New Years that could be great to share with the class later in a more condensed way.

    30. Moira loved this one, and we went through it page by page writing down ideas for us to do as we got ready for the New Year. I especially like that it listed some of the less public things that people do for the Lunar New Year, like gathering up things to donate, and thinking about what kind of person to be in the New Year.

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