What does Goldilocks & the Chinese New Year have in common?

February 1, 2014 — Leave a comment

Answer: Godly Luck and the Three Pandas, a new retelling of the old fairytale. While Natasha Yim’s version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears isn’t my favorite, I do LOVE the Asian spin on this Western classic. The text isn’t as lively a read- aloud as I would like for such a plucky character but the cultural details and rituals surrounding the lunar new year festival are a fun introduction to Chinese new year.

This is a great conversation starter for younger students who are already familiar with Goldilock’s antics so they can pay closer attention to the dragon parade passing by the open window in Grace Zong’s illustrations.Image


Gong Hei Fat Choi” in Cantonese or “Gong Xi Fa Cai” in Mandarin.


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