Gung Hay Fat Choy!
I have two fabulous books for Chinese New Year to share with you.
Author: Karen Chinn
Illustrators: Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu
Publisher: Lee and Low Books, 1997
Ages: 4 and up
Theme: Chinese New Year, Helping Others
1. A short musical video where you can see all the book’s beautiful illustrations!
2. A fabulous classroom guide full of TONS of resources from Lee & Low Books.
Author: Ying Chang Compestine
Illustrator: Sebastia Serra
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile, 2011
Ages: 6 to 8
Theme: Chinese New Year
After we read the story we all sat in a big circle and talked about whether or not we thought it was okay for the wok to take from the rich and give to the poor.
I was very impressed with everyone’s thoughts. It was interesting to see who felt very strongly one way or the other, and who was able to see both sides of the argument. Most children felt it was okay for the wok to do this because the man it stole from was very selfish. But a few children thought it wasn’t right for the wok to take everything away from the rich man, that even though he was mean, he didn’t deserve to lose everything.
1. Book Discussion (see above). I personally wouldn’t skip this step because it’s important for the children to realize that this is a folk tale with a message.
2. Write about whether or not you think it’s okay for the wok to take food, money and toys from the rich family.