Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, January 9, 2012

A New Year's Reunion

Chinese New Year is exciting on its own, but even more so for Maomao because its the one time of year Papa comes home from his far away job.  Together they celebrate the festivities, but also the mundane parts of being a family.

A New Year's Reunion written by Yu Li Qiong and illustrated by Zhu Cheng Liang is one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens' Books for 2011.

Little Maomao's narration captures her excitement at her father's homecoming along with the strangeness of meeting a man she knows she loves, but who spends most of the year away.  The thrill of the holiday is palpable, from the parades to the fireworks to finding the lucky coin hidden in the rice balls.  The bright and bold illustrations add to the stimulus, creating a feeling of a treasured time that flies by too fast.

A New Year's Reunion is published by Candlewick and retails for $15.99 (hardcover).  I read my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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