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Sydney Taylor Gold Medalist
National Jewish Book Award Winner
ALSC Notable Children’s Book 2024 Selection

“Employing two distinctive backgrounds whose styles join as the pages turn, Scurfield’s luminous ink illustrations portray the family, including one pale-skinned Jewish and one Chinese parent, taking part in the celebrations, creating a visual melding of experiences that hint at what an author’s note calls “the joy of celebrating many worlds.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Two New Years

Written by Richard Ho
Illustrated by Lynn Scurfield
Published by Chronicle Books

This warm and welcoming New Year celebration invites readers to learn about Rosh Hashanah and Lunar New Year traditions and to reflect on the rich blends of cultures and traditions in their own lives.

For this multicultural family, inspired by the author’s own, two New Years mean twice as much to celebrate! In the fall, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, offers an opportunity to bake challah, dip apples in honey, and lift voices in song. In the spring, Lunar New Year brings a chance to eat dumplings, watch dragon dances, and release glowing lanterns that light up the sky.

With bright, joyful prose and luminous illustrations, Richard Ho and Lynn Scurfield invite readers of all backgrounds to experience the beauty of two New Year traditions, paying homage to the practices that make each unique while illuminating the values of abundance, family, and hope that they share.

Full of opportunities to reflect on the rich blends of cultures and traditions in our lives, this moving picture book is a beautiful reminder that, at heart, our celebrations might not be so different after all.

Primary ISBN: 9781797212814
Publication Date: August 2024
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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