Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas {Chinese New Year}

Have you ever been in China during Chinese New Year?  Me neither, but it is on my bucket list.  This most important holiday is celebrated for 15 days, beginning the first day of the lunar calendar.  This year, January 31st.  I’m big on holiday books for my daughter, as they are easy ways to be festive, but haven’t found many on Chinese New Year.  Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim is a retelling of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” a true classic that I love in all of its forms.

Goldy Luck and the three pandas review

When Goldy Luck was born, her mother said,
“Year of the Golden Dragon—very lucky year. This child will have good luck.”
“She has a face as round as a gold coin,” said her father. “This child will bring great wealth.”
But Goldy had neither great wealth nor good luck. In fact, she could never seem to keep money in her piggy bank, and she had a bad habit of breaking things.

Goldy has that adorable innocence mixed with incorrigible clumsiness we’ve all come to love about the classic tale of Goldilocks.  This version, however is Chinese and there is no porridge, but rather congee.  The bears are not bears, but rather Pandas, the Chans.  When they find Goldy sleeping on their futon, Goldy makes a mad dash for home.  As the day goes on, Goldy’s conscience starts to get to her and she goes back to the Chans to make amends (a great thing to do for the New Year).  In the end, it seems Goldy’s luck has taken a turn for the better as she munches on turnip cakes with her new friend, Little Chan.

What I actually loved most about the book was the author’s note.  Yim gives a wonderful description of the Chinese New Year and all of its very interesting traditions and superstitions.  I was quite intrigued, as was my daughter (7).  I’m definitely considering adopting some traditions for my own home.

By the way, do you know what a turnip cake is?  I didn’t and found myself wondering what one would taste like.  I was so pleasantly surprised to find a recipe for turnip cakes at the very end of the book — what a cute addition!  I will definitely be trying the recipe out for Chinese New Year, maybe I will post how it turns out so make sure to come back!

Purchase Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas on Amazon.

Kung Hei Fat Choi! 

A copy was provided to facilitate this review.

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