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Mei hates springtime. Why? Because it's only in the spring that Nian, a fierce dragon, is able to leave his mountain prison under the sea to terrorize the local village. When the villagers hear the rumblings of Nian's hungry stomach, they know that winter has ended and spring is coming. But this year on the night before the first day of spring, a magical warrior visits Mei ...more
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Published December 15th 2019 by Sleeping Bear Press
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Abigail
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for New Picture-Books About Chinese New Year
Aided by the ghost of the warrior who first imprisoned Nian the dragon, a young girl named Mei sets out to defeat the marauding beast permanently, putting an end to his annual depredations on her village. Alerted to the enemy's weaknesses - loud noises, bright lights and the color red, food offerings - Mei convinces the villagers to band together, and eventually they ensure that the dragon will never return...

The legends of Nian (which means "year" in Chinese) comes from Chinese folklore,
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Barbara
Although spring time usually signifies rebirth, for Mei, it is a time of death since Nian, a fierce dragon, leaves his den and seeks food, most often children. Mei is awakened before the first day of spring by a warrior who tells her that it is her destiny to face Nian and rid the village of the dragon's terrorism. Using a cane left to her by the warrior each night and her own ingenuity, Mei and the villagers face down Nian three different times. In tribute to Mei's accomplishments, new ...more
Margie
The Chinese New Year Dragon Nian (Sleeping Bear Press, December 15, 2019) written by Virginia Loh-Hagan with illustrations by Timothy Banks
Writing and Illustrating, Kathleen Temean---interview of both creators


The traditions observed each Chinese New Year are explained in the legend of the dragon, Nian. This dragon terrorized villagers every spring until a brave, clever girl, with the assistance of a magical warrior who visits her in her dreams, faces this formidable foe. In a word---captivating.
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Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful. Loved the girl-power twist and the Lunar New Year informational backmatter. I’ve been looking for more cultural legends for my #classroombookaday, and I’m happy to have found this one.
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