Multicultural Children's Book Day Book Review: Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas



Title: Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
Author: Natasha Yim
Illustrator: Grace Zong
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Year: 2014
Ages: 4 - 8
IBSN: 978-1580896528

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim is the Chinese-American take of the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldy's mother sends her to the Chans' apartment to wish them "Kung Hei Fat Choi" and give them a plate of turnip cakes. Goldy protests, but her mother tells her the New Year is all about moving forward. Despite being born on the Year of the Golden Dragon and her name, Goldy doesn’t have much luck. When she enters the Chans' apartment, she tumbles and the plate of turnip cakes goes straight to the floor. 

Goldy looks for a broom to clean the mess. She gets distracted by three bowls of congee on the table. She decides to taste them all and eats the one she likes the best. A series of similar events follow in which Goldy tries the Chans' personal things. The consequences are funny but messy. 

Goldy reflects about all that she did at the Chans' home. She decides to rectify her actions and make amends with the Chans. After all, the New Year is about a fresh start and moving forward. 

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim is a good story for children to learn about how actions have consequences. Goldy does a series of things without thinking about the consequences. After thinking about what she did, she understands she should have been more considerate. 

Children also get to learn the basics about the Chinese New Year with this funny story. The story and the colorful illustrations are full of Chinese culture and symbolism. The Chinese New Year is a time to start fresh and move forward from old problems. Red decorations, envelopes, and clothes are important because this color means luck. In addition, Grace Zong included a note with more facts about the Chinese New Year and a turnip cake recipe at the end of the book. 


Rating: 5 stars
 

Activities

After reading this story, my daughters and I had a blast finding out our Chinese zodiac symbols. We used the Chinese Zodiac calculator at Chinese Travel Guide. 

We also did a Chinese paper lantern for the benefit of my younger daughter. Red with gold designs lanterns are a common decoration during the Chinese New Year. 




I reviewed Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim for Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017.




Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.

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Comments

  1. Such an adorable book. I look forward to reading it. Love your lantern activity as well. Thanks for celebrating with us and sharing your review.#readyourworld

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