Happy Chinese New Year!
It's the year of the golden pig and a very special year indeed! Read more about Chinese New Year here! In honor of the year of the pig and because I am at a loss for another activity to write about at the moment (I'm sorry, but Shrove tuesday has been sucking up my brain!) here are a couple of book recommendations!
Leon and Albertine Written & illustrated by Christine Davenier
Published by Scholastic 1998 (1st American Edition)
What better love story than the one of a pig in love with a chicken? Seriously sweet and perfectly charming this book is one of my top top favorites. The illustrations make we smile and even bring a wee tear to my eye when Leon finally tells Albertine he loves her. He does it his way and it is perfect!
Written by Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Published by Chronicle Books
Another beautiful tear jerker! This is the story of a young Chinese girl who wants nothing more than to go to school! It is New Year's and the lucky envelopes are being passed around and everyone is sharing their wishes, will Ruby's wish be granted? Based on the life of Shirin Yim's grandmother this story is a must have for any library!
Dim Sum for Everyone
Written & Illustrated by Grace Lin
Published by Dragonfly Books(Random House)
I love Grace Lin! She is fabulous, sweet and even keeps a blog! Her illustrations are delightful and her stories featuring an American Chinese family are familiar. While the culture may be different from yours (or not) the feelings of fun and excitement are much the same! Check out all of her books!
Other fun you can do:
*Pick up some blank paper lanterns and have yer kidlets paint, collage & decorate them.
*Try some green tea and almond or fortune cookies!
*Bake your own fortune cookies!
*Gather an assortment of anything and everything pink and make your own pink pigs. I've done this with kids and they have created three dimensional, tissue paper, painted, collaged & beglittered pigs! In honor of this New Year's make golden pigs!
*Play a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors
*Practice picking up small toys and charms with chopsticks
*Make your own Lucky Envelopes
*make some party cracker fireworks!