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Long Long's New Year by Catherine Gower and He Zhiong

Long Long's New Year

Tuttle Publishing, VT, 2005

Hardcover, 32 pages

ISBN: 978-0-8048-3666-1

Suggested reading age: 4+

Reviewed by: Indrani Perera

Rating: *****

Long Long's New Year is a beautifully written and illustrated story about the Chinese Spring Festival.  Long Long and his grandfather have patiently counted the days until their cabbages were ready to sell at the market.  They hope to make enough money to buy the things that they need for their Spring Festival celebrations but a rival vendor is getting all the customers.  Long Long wanders around the market, wondering what he can do.  

This is a lovely story about family and is a firm favourite of my five year old daughter.  The book has a glossary of Chinese words used in the story as well as a retelling of the legend of the very first Chinese Spring Festival.


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