When my friend Wendy told me about a new children’s book set during the Chinese New Year, I immediately searched it out and bought a copy.
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (Charlesbridge, 2014) by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Grace Zong, is not only perfect for my little kids (the book is for ages 4-8), but I love it, too!
As you can tell from the title, it’s a remake of an old classic, but this time with Chinese characteristics. When Goldy Luck was born under the year of the Golden Dragon, her parents claimed their daughter would become wealthy and possess inordinate amounts of good luck.
Well, Goldy proved them wrong. She couldn’t save a dime in her piggy bank. And everything she touched seemed to break into pieces.
One morning during the Chinese New Year, Goldy’s mom sent her next door to bring turnip cakes to their neighbors, the Chans. The Chans were out, and you can guess what happened next.
The illustrations are fun and rich. And the details in the story are delightfully Chinese.
Every year I go into the elementary schools and talk about Chinese New Year. I must say I was getting tired of the same old same old. So what a treat to have a new book to share with the kids. It’s a story they know, but one that will teach them about Chinese New Year and other parts of Chinese culture.
Happy Year of the Horse!