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Books about the New Year for Children
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Advice, Comments and References from Storytellers,
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BOOKS ABOUT NEW YEAR'S FOR CHILDREN

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Amelia's Must-Keep Resolutions for the Best Year Ever! (Amelia) by Amedlia and Marissa Moss (illus)/
A Note from the Author -- Amelia!
"I really want to celebrate the New Year, so here's a whole notebook full of New Year ideas. I don't mean for parties, but for ways to make resolutions that will really stick!"-- Me, Amelia


Angelina Ice Skates (Angelina Ballerina) by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig (illus).
The heroine of Angelina Ballerina , it turns out, is as deft an entertainer twirling on ice as she is performing an onstage pas de deux. Here the spunky, diminutive mouse organizes a New Year's Eve figure skating show. With characteristic aplomb she overcomes a number of obstacles, including two pesky young hockey players who repeatedly interrupt her rehearsals. A confrontation between these "big boys" and Angelina erupts into a pond-wide snowball fight, vividly portrayed by Craig in a motion-filled, double-page illustration. Ages 3-7.


Happy New Year, Julie (American Girls Collection) by Megan McDonald and Robert Hunt (illus).
Julie knows the holidays will be difficult this year, but when her sister Tracy refuses to go to Dad's house for Christmas, Julie feels as if her family is falling apart. Julie finds comfort spending time with her best friend, Ivy Ling, whose family is getting ready for Chinese New Year. When Julie's whole family is invited to the Lings' New Year banquet, she worries about how they will get along. That night she discovers that they all have a chance at a new beginning.


New Year's Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by David F. Marx.


P. Bear's New Year's Party! by Paul Owen Lewis.


Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary by Wendelin Van Draanen.
Funny, fast-paced girl-detective series hits the ground running with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, winner of the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best children's mystery. After four more Sammy stories, we've officially befriended the strong, spunky, skateboarding seventh grader who can't help but plant herself in the middle of the action. (Ages 10 and older)

Shanté Keys and the New Year's Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport and Marion Eldridge (illus).
Shanté Keys loves New Year's Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Oh no-it'll be bad luck without them! So Shanté sets out to borrow some from the neighbors. Does Miss Lee have peas? What about Mr. MacGhee, or Shanté's good friend Hari? None of them do-but, as Shanté discovers, they have fun foods and traditions for their New Year's! Now, if only Shanté can find good-luck peas in time for dinner!


Ten Mice for Tet! by Pegi Geitz Shea, Cynthia Weill, Pham Viet Dinh and To Ngoc Tranq (illus).
This accessible counting book is a lovely introduction to the Vietnamese New Year. Each spread features a short sentence ("1 mouse plans a party. 2 mice go to market") that is expanded upon by detailed pictures showing the preparations of thevillage. Remarkable, vividly colored, embroidered artwork enhances the text. The textural quality is still perceptible even though the pieces have been photographed, and readers are able to see the individual stitches in this fine workmanship. Kindergarten-Grade 3


CHINESE NEW YEAR'S BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
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ONLINE LINKS TO NEW YEAR'S WEB SITES

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http://www.appleseeds.org/new%20year%20quotes.htm
New Year's Quotes, Stories and Prayers.

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/jewishnewyear/default_cdo/jewish/High-Holidays.htm
Jewish New Year.

http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/chinese/
Chinese New Year in Australia.

http://www.britishcouncil.org/kids-stories-favourite-day-cny.htm
Chinese New Year.

http://www.polstore.com/html/polishtraditions.html
Polish Traditions and Customs.

http://wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com/2007/01/new-year-folklore.html
New Year Folklore.

http://www.mythinglinks.org/LunarNewYear2000.html
Lunar New Year 2008-2009.

http://www.sicilianculture.com/folklore/newyears.htm
Sicilian Culture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain
Wikipedia: Samhain (Celtic).

http://www.americanfolklore.net/folktales/quebec2.html
American Folklore: Quebec: The Flying Canoe, retold by S. E. Schlosser.

SOS: SEARCHING OUT STORIES AND INFORMATION - NEW YEAR - NEW YEAR'S EVE
Advice, Comments and References from Storytellers, Teachers and Librarians
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1) The Twelve Months: A Greek Folktale Retold and Illustrated by Aliki, by Aliki.
The poor widow who finds good in every month of the year is rewarded while her complaining rich neighbor receives a jar of snakes.


2)
I have a "Celtic" Christmas/New Year's program coming up, that involves music, dance and storytelling, and am looking for a (hopefully) Celtic-like story that well segue into a New Year's theme. I have The Spirit of the Van (Welsh) where a farmer falls in love with a water spirit (on New Year's eve), who agrees to the marriage provided he does not strike her three times. My problem is that I am looking for a humorous story or one at ends happily.

Charles K. 9/5/06

Responses:

a) My first thought was the "Burning Of Tara - Fionn Mac Cumhail" from Tales of the Fianna - had to make sure of my memory, and found information on Samhain - and the night before - begins Oct. 31st & Nov. 1st
http://www.celticspirit.org/samhain.htm

You find varying versions on the "Burning of Tara," and there are far wiser Celtic sources on our list than myself. I've read several, and I've heard Richard Marsh's on tape -WONDERFUL, of course.

Ina V.D. 9/5/06

b) How about "Jimmy No-Story"? That can be pretty humorous and ends well, though it can be quite a long story. The action starts at a ceilidh where everyone must:
tell a story,
sing a song,
show us you're bum,
or out you're gone!

Jimmy had no story, was thrown out, and his accident with a boat started a long sequence of incredible events that gave him a story

The ceilidh could well be a new year's celebration.

Tim S. England 9/5/06

Response:

You can hear an audio clip of Jimmy No-Story as told by Richard Martin, Germany, at
http://www.tellatale.eu/

Jackie B. 12/23/07

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