Written by Mei Zihan
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Published by Greystone Books
It’s Lunar New Year, a time when families come together for a wonderful feast, and a father longs to be with his daughter–but she lives in another country. As he imagines how his daughter is spending the festivities, he recalls fond memories of time spent with her, feeling a sense of loss and dislocation. While he misses her deeply, he also recognizes her need to move away, grow up, and become herself. New Year is a stunning portrait of leaving home, finding independence, and loving those who are many miles away.
At a time when so many families are unable to gather together, readers will relate to the universal message of missing our loved ones and dreaming of being together again.
Primary ISBN: 9781771647311
Publication Date: November 2021
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Memoir, Age 09 or older
Community Represented: Chinese/Chinese American
Themes: Celebrations: Lunar New Year, Coming of Age, Cultural Empowerment, Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Food, Family Relationship: Parents, Generational Differences, Multilingual Character, Multiracial Identity, Own Voices/Lived Experience
Setting: China (Shanghai), France (Paris)
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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