Thursday, June 26, 2008

Children's Book Review: Long-Long’s New Year

Long-Long’s New Year. Catherine Gower illus. He Zhihong. Boston: Tuttle Publishing, 2005.

Take a ride with Long-Long, in Long-Long’s New Year, for his first trip to market with his grandfather as their family prepares for the Chinese New Year. Long-Long’s creativity and teamwork with Grandpa makes their day in town fruitful. After selling all their cabbages, they earn enough to return home with the supplies the family needs for the Spring Festival and a few special gifts. Explore the market with Long-Long and Grandpa in this unique exposition of Chinese culture.

Each turn of the page brings another artful double-page spread of traditional Chinese painting on tan rice paper. The last pages of the book offer the folktale of the first Chinese Spring Festival and a glossary of Chinese words used in the story including their characters. This book received a starred review from School Library Journal. Ages 5-8.

Reviewed by Charity Leonette, Special Services Coordinator, Allegheny County Library Association. This review was printed in The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Vo. 6(2) 2008. Available online at

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