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Chinese New Year 2013

Chinese New Year 2013: Year of the Snake

Chinese New Year is one of the world’s biggest holidays and in China it is known as the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival and starts February 9th. 2013 marks the Year of the Snake, which represents one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals and the festivities will slither and hiss all the way through February 24th. Your Hometown Library has the fireworks to light off the holiday right and learn how not to get bitten this year. Good luck or Hao Yun as they say.

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Complete Chinese cookbook / Ken Hom

Hungry for Chinese food? Ken Hom is arguably the West's most famous Chinese chef. Hailed as the man who transformed wok cooking into an art form, he has introduced Chinese cuisine to the tables of royalty, world leaders and countless celebrities. This book is the culmination of a lifetime of experience as a chef, teacher and the host of five hit TV cooking shows.

Venomous snakes / Cynthia Berger; illustrations by Emily Damstra

With the year of the snake, you don't want to get bitten and this is such a great source to learn all about venomous snakes on our great planet. This book covers the types of venom in snakes, their habits, reptile conservation, species identification, and snakes in religion and culture around the world. Celebrate the snake this year and watch out for what rattles.   

The Art of Chinese Brush Painting / Maggie Cross.

Study the ancient arts of Chinese brush painting? The history of the ancient art as well as the techniques and materials required to produce stunning Chinese brush paintings Chinese brush painting is steeped in history, symbolism, and ritual, and closely linked to Chinese calligraphy. This beautifully illustrated book takes readers on a journey through the steps needed to produce stunning paintings of flowers, birds, animals, and landscapes.

Chelsea's Chinese new year / Lisa Bullard ; illustrated by Katie Saunders.

Chelsea's family is celebrating Chinese New Year. Chelsea gets to stay up late. She watches fireworks and a parade with a dragon, and attends a family feast. She finds out different ways people celebrate this special day. She learns about Chinese New Year and the social life and customs of China.











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