A New Year's Reunion by Yu Li Qiong


A New Year's Reunion by Yu Li Qiong

Little Maomao's dad works many miles away...but he is coming home for New Year! Maomao and her mum are very excited. Who will find the coin that brings good fortune? Little Maomao's father works far away from the family home, so his return for New Year is a cause for celebration. Maomao and her mother welcome him back and together they enjoy the firecrackers and make sticky rice balls - in one of which Maomao finds the lucky fortune coin. But after watching the dragon dance and playing snowballs, Maomao discovers disaster has struck...where is the lucky coin? At first inconsolable to have lost it, Maomao is finally restored to happiness before her father must depart again. This title is a perfect gift for New Year. This is a heart-stirring portrait of the abiding bond between parent and child. It movingly conveys the separation endured by migrant-worker families the world over.


Two things make this Chinese New Year story remarkable-Zhu's meticulously observed gouaches and the family's poignant backstory...Yu and Zhu create a memorable portrait of China's most joyous holiday and a testimony to the love that holds Maomao's family together.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)This bittersweet and poignant story not only tells of a family celebrating a holiday, but also explores the trepidation and joy of a reunion... The story of an absent parent returning only during special occasions is one that speaks to more and more American children. The celebrations and traditions might differ, but the story of missing distant family is universal.--School Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Yu Li Qiong was born in China's Anhui Province in 1980. A member of the Chinese Institute of Prose, she has published more than a hundred thousand words of writing in prose and novels since 1996. She lives in Nanjing. Born in Shanghai in 1948, Zhu Cheng Liang is Deputy Chief Editor at the Jiangsu Fine Arts Publishing House. His previous works include the comic strip Catching the Thief (1983), based on Erich Kastner's Emil and the Detectives, and Flashing Rabbit-shaped Lamp (1984), which won an Honourable Mention by UNESCO's Noma Concours for Children's Picture Book Illustration. He lives in Nanjing.

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40 pages
Interest Age: 3 years +


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Publication date

1st December 2011



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