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Popo’s Lucky Chinese New Year, by Virginia Loh-Hagan | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | January 14, 2018

Popos Lucky Chinese New YearPopo’s Lucky Chinese New Year

Written by Virginia Loh-Hagan

Illustrated by Renné Benoit

Age Range: 6-10

Hardback: 32 pages

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

ISBN: 978-1-58536-978-2

What to expect: Chinese New Year, Family

It’s time for Chinese New Year, and a little girl’s Popo (Chinese for grandmother) has come to help them ring in the new year the right way!

Chinese New Year is a time for new beginnings, and Popo has arrived to make sure that the new beginnings are good ones. Our narrator, a sweet little Chinese-American girl with adorable pig-tails, takes us through the process. First they clean, clean, clean! Sweeping, window-washing, and baths all need to be done before Chinese New Year. Next comes delicious lucky food, like whole chicken and long noodles, to help the family stay together and have long lives. Then our little narrator sips her green tea to stay awake on New Year’s eve and celebrate with her family – even her baby brother stays awake. Then, “Gung Hay Fat Choy!” It’s happy Chinese New Year to all! There are beautiful red outfits, special almond cookies, offerings to ancestors and fantastic Chinese dragons.

This is a perfect book to read for Chinese New Year. Children will find all the details of the festivities incredibly interesting. Lucky red envelopes filled with cash, special treats and juicy oranges will appeal to all little ones. Author Virginia Loh-Hagan does a nice job incorporating the serious aspects of the holiday, like remembering ancestors, with the more light-hearted traditions of making decorations and staying up way past bed time. Illustrator Renné Benoit’s colorful pictures elegantly capture the spirit of Chinese New Year and our sweet and sometimes mischievous narrator. The story and illustrations work perfectly together, making this an excellent addition to any child’s library.

Highly recommended.

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About the Illustrator

Renné Benoit is the illustrator of numerous award winning picture books, including Proud as a Peacock and Brave as a Lion, winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. Renné lives in Southern Ontario.

Popo’s Lucky Chinese New Year, by Virginia Loh-Hagan and Renné Benoit, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Popo’s Lucky Chinese New Year by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , and .

Denise Mealy is a former web content provider who stays at home to change diapers and write books. Her days are filled with Word documents, books and sloppy kisses (from dogs and baby alike). She likes to read, cook, dance, travel and forward pictures of spam sculptures to friends. If she could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would be a toss up between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. They would probably eat pasta. Yes, definitely pasta. For more information, visit: www.dccmealy.com You can also find her on Twitter: @dccmealy

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