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New Year

by Mei Zihan, illustrated by Qin Leng

tagged: asia, alternative family, other, non-religious, emigration & immigration, diversity & multicultural
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list price: $24.95
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pages: 56
ISBN:9781771647311
publisher: Greystone Books Ltd
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A moving picture book to read when we’re missing family far away, set during Lunar New Year. 

It’s Lunar New Year, a time when families come together for a wonderful feast, and a father longs to be with his daughter—but she lives in another country. As he imagines how his daughter is spending the festivities, he recalls fond memories of time spent with her, feeling a sense of loss and dislocation. While he misses her deeply, he also recognizes her need to move away, grow up, and become herself. New Year is a stunning portrait of leaving home, finding independence, and loving those who are many miles away. 

At a time when so many families are unable to gather together, readers will relate to the universal message of missing our loved ones and dreaming of being together again. 

An excellent resource for teachers, librarians, and parents for starting conversations about: 

  • The traditions and importance of Lunar New Year 
  • Understanding the complex feelings that come from family and friends living far away 
  • How to cope with feelings of loneliness and missing loved ones

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About the Authors

Mei Zihan

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Qin Leng

QIN LENG lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Her picture books include Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki (APALA Award, Governor General’s Literary Award finalist); Away by Emil Sher and A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary (both USBBY Outstanding International Books); When I Found Grandma by Saumiya Balasubramaniam (Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalist) and I Am Small, which Qin has written and illustrated.

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Contributor Notes

Mei Zihan is an author of children's literature and a professor at Shanghai Normal University. His best-known works include Daughter’s Story, Dai Xiaoqiao and His Buddies, and the Stories of Lilaer series. He lives in Shanghai, China.

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai and now lives in Toronto where she works as a designer and illustrator. Her numerous picture books have been nominated for several prizes, including a Governor General's Literary Award.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 18
Grade:
4 to 12
Editorial Review

“[A] heartfelt, gracefully sketched letter... [with] distinct, delicate ink-and-watercolor illustrations.”
Publishers Weekly

“Gentle, heartfelt … [This book’s] universal themes of family and separation are especially resonant as we cope with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
Booklist

“[A] story about home, independence, and love … brought to life with stunning watercolor illustrations.”
Quill & Quire

“Lovely artwork… A sentimental holiday story told by a parent as he learns to let go.”
Kirkus Reviews

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