Wednesday 27 March 2024

Our Family Dragon: A Lunar New Year Story

Our Family Dragon: A Lunar New Year Story by Rebecca Lim, illustrated by Cai Tse (Albert Street Books) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781761180637

Reviewed by Nikki M Heath

A young boy is bursting with excitement for the coming of the dragon, as his family buzzes with preparations for Lunar New Year. What will happen when the dragon comes?

This is an approachable introduction to Lunar New Year traditions exuding love, life, and joy. The story covers food, red money packets, the Chinese zodiac and family fun, and has a heart-warming twist at the end. There isn’t much in the way of plot, but the reader feels welcomed into the family of the narrator and becomes invested in his dreams for the festivities.

The generous illustrations help to convey the way modern Australian families celebrate. The dragon dancing over the Sydney Harbour Bridge draws the reader in, and the sumptuous, detailed food illustrations are tantalising.

A must-have for any kindergarten or junior primary classroom and a delight for anyone wanting to explore Lunar New Year with the 4- to 8-year-olds in their life.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Buzz Words Books would love to hear what you think.