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Chelseas Chinese New Year


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Lisa Bullard is the award-winning author of more than 60 books for children, including You Can Write a Story: A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids. She teaches writing classes at the Loft Literary Center and regularly visits schools to talk with students about story-writing. Katie Saunders graduated in 2001 from the university of Central Lancashire in Preston, England, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Katie has worked for many publishers creating children's books. She has also written and designed her own baby books. Katie works with many greetings card companies and has also worked on toy designs. Mostly, Katie works with hand-drawn pen, collage, and computer-aided design, although over the years she has worked in all mediums. Katie lives in her hometown of Kent with her partner, Graham, her three-year-old son, Archie, and her little girl, Olive Honey. They also have two cats named Dizzy and Pumpkin. Katie works in a little studio at the bottom of her garden, which her father built for her. She has never been happier.


K-Gr 2-Brandon and his older brother, Riley, are preparing a party for their mother while she is out shopping. They bake a cake, make a birthday card, and construct a pinata. When she returns, the children are thrilled at her surprised expression, not realizing that she may be astonished at the mess they created. The whimsical illustrations have a lot going on, and young children will enjoy inspecting them in detail. Insets explain the history and traditions associated with birthday celebrations, including some traditions from other countries. In the next book, Chelsea and her parents are preparing for Chinese New Year. On the evening before the big day, they gather with extended family for a feast with all of the traditional foods. The cartoon illustrations are colorful and appealing. Insets explain the history and traditions associated with Chinese New Year, both in China and in the United States. A chart of the Chinese zodiac is included. In the third book, Emma and her family are preparing for Easter. They decorate eggs, go to church, eat jelly beans, have dinner with Emma's grandparents, and hunt for eggs. The illustrations, which feature a biracial family, are colorful and expressive. Instructions for making paper Easter flowers are included. Divided into short chapters, these volumes are primarily informational books with stories as backdrops.-Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Children from different cultural groups describe their families' celebrations. Information about the occasions is included in the simplistic stories, but text boxes provide more details than the young narrators do. Bright, cheerful illustrations will draw readers to these introductions. Birthday focuses on U.S. customs but mentions other traditions. An activity concludes each volume.

-- "Journal"

In this well-presented series, young children are introduced to important holidays that their friends celebrate. Each book tells a story about a child celebrating the holiday with explanations within the story or in text boxes. Different facets of the holidays are shown: religious, cultural, traditional activities, etc. The cartoon-type illustrations add to the topics and portray multiethnic groups. An activity is included in each book. Lerner e-source is available for this series; it consists of a suggested lesson plan and two worksheets. --Library Media Connection

-- "Journal"

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