One of the most important choices we make as transracial/multicultural family is assuring that our both our biological and adopted children have an understanding and appreciation of all of the cultures that make up our family. One way to do this is by learning about and celebrating the traditions of the cultures.
While we were in China a friend gifted us with two lovely translated Chinese children’s books about Chinese festivals. These books are written by SanMu Tang and are classically illustrated with colorful, traditional Chinese imagery. Each of the four stories involves Little Mei talking with her family members as they prepare for the upcoming holiday. The books have both a modern day story with Little Mei and also the classical folktale that surrounds the holiday. The books are geared towards children ages 4-8 and are a simple way of engaging children in learning about new cultures.
One of the standout features of this book series are the recipes that are included so that you can make your own celebratory meal at home as a way to enjoy the festivities. I know that I am looking forward to celebrating all the traditional festivals next year with our family. I am even hoping to learn how to make some delicious steamed buns, noodle soup and dumplings.
If you are looking to add to your child’s library this holiday season, I highly recommend the Chinese Festival series. At less than $5.00 per book, these are an excellent way to stay connected to your child’s homeland or to simply increase your traditional families knowledge about other cultures and holidays.
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