Chinese Kite Festival

Holiday House. Dec. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823447640.
PreS-Gr 1–Fourteen animal kites, depicted in lush watercolors, soar through the pages of this gorgeous book aimed at the youngest picture book readers. Simple text accompanies each kite, such as “a fish leaps into the blue sky” or “a crab moves sideways beneath the clouds.” The text, in English and Simplified Chinese characters, is black, with the animal name a different color in both English and Chinese. The real standout is Lo’s stunning paintings, which depict each kite in a riot of colors against a sky accented with swirls and squiggles, while the other kites fly in the distance. Back matter gives a brief sentence about the role of each animal in Chinese culture. A fitting companion to Lo’s Chinese New Year Colors.
VERDICT Vibrant and striking images and a simple but engaging text make this one a strong story time choice for the youngest audiences, with opportunities for further conversations and explorations.

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