Starting the New Year with Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

The Chinese New Year starts today and to celebrate we have the lively picture book,  Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Grace Zong.

Goldy Luck isn’t enthusiastic about taking turnip cakes to the Chan family for the New Year. After all, things hadn’t been going that well for her the previous year, plus she just woke up The situation gets even worse when she spills the turnip cakes on the Chan’s floor, is so hungry she eats their food without permission, and accidentally breaks their furniture. Will her bad luck ever end?

Author Natasha Yim has built her story on the familiar and comfortable tale of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” but has made it fresh by adding details of Chinese New Year traditions and a new ending that gently teaches children about responsibility and conflict resolution.

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas is delightful. Stop by Wrapped in Foil for the full review and several suggestions for activities to accompany the book.