For many years, Lauryn Silverhardt has had a great career as an author, illustrator, and adapter of children’s book titles. Most kids are already in love with the characters she writes about because they are mostly found on a popular children’s television station called Nickelodeon. She’s written about Dora the Explorer, Olivia, Blues Clues, and even SpongeBob Squarepants. The talented writer has recently delved into another well-liked cartoon series called Ni Hao, Kai-lan!
In Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan!, the author focuses the story on the main character’s preparation for the all-important Chinese New Year celebration. Our title character and her friends help make the celebration a success by hanging red banners and lanterns, and putting flowers on tables. While she and her friends are working, her grandpa stops by wearing a dragon costume. He then asks his granddaughter and her friends to carry the dragon costume for the main event in the holiday – the big parade. But the task isn’t so simple. Our favorite girl and her friends have to work together to perform the dragon dance. One of the characters, Rintoo is upset that he has to carry the middle part of the dragon, a job he thinks is not very important at all. But Kai-lan explains that each part of the dragon is important. And it works! They all work together to carry the important feature of the parade.
Like the cartoon series itself, the pictures in the book are vibrant, lively, and sure to draw in any young reader. The main character and her grandfather are the only characters that are human. The rest are cuddly animals that also help to attract readers ages 4 to 8.
If you’re looking for a way to teach your young readers to new cultures and traditions, this fun read is a great way to go. Read this 24-page book every year and make it a tradition! Just expect to have requests for readings throughout the year as well. Kai-lan’s popularity and sweetness are sure to help your cutie pies develop a curiosity about the world and increase their desire to learn more about the people who inhabit it!