Monday, January 23, 2012

More, More, More: A New Year's Reunion

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with A New Year's Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong, illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang. Maomao's father works away from home the entire year, but he returns to celebrate the holiday with his wife and child. From the hesitant reunion to the eventual bittersweet goodbye, the honesty shared by Yu is beautiful.

Zhu's illustrations are vibrant and bold, capturing the joy of the holiday to precious, quiet family moments. Sticky rice balls, red envelopes, and the dragon dance through town are only elements of this story. The sacrificial love shared by a father, mother, and daughter are the pulse and heart.

To the 100 million migrant workers in China who labor for their loved ones, happy new year!

A New Year's Reunion
by Yu Li-Qiong
illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang
Candlewick Press, 2011

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