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Bouchard, David.
Atlanta : Peachtree, 1999
IL 3-6, RL 5.0
ISBN 1561452106
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The story begins during an evening of the Chinese New Year.  A young girl who is preparing to go to sleep, begs her grandmother not to leave her alone in her room.  She is afraid to go to sleep because of the noise of the people in the streets and the lights from the fireworks.  Don't be afraid, child.  It is because of the noise and the bright lights that we need not fear"  As the book continues, the grandmother reassures the young girl she needn't be afraid by telling her the story of the New Year Dragon, and how the fireworks and noise help protect people from him.

This story is a legend of how the Chinese New Year celebration came to be as it is celebrated today in China and other places around the world that honor Chinese culture.  At the end of the book, after the story, the author touches on what is known and what isn't for sure about how the Chinese New Year celebrations came to be, as well as knowledge about the Buddha. (Mavis Thomas, college student,

SUBJECTS:     Folklore -- China.
                        Chinese New Year.
                        New Year -- China.

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