A New Year's Reunion, Paperback
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Little Maomao's father works far away from the family home, so his return for New Year is a cause for celebration.

Maomao and her mother welcome him back and together they enjoy the firecrackers and make sticky rice balls - in one of which Maomao finds the lucky fortune coin.

But after watching the dragon dance and playing snowballs, Maomao discovers disaster has struck ...where is the lucky coin?

At first inconsolable to have lost it, Maomao is finally restored to happiness before her father must depart again.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9781406338577



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Summary: Maomao and her mother wake up early one morning because her father, who works far away from home and only comes home once a year,is coming home for Chinese New Year. She seems scared of him at first but warms up to him. He gives her a new hat and takes her every where with him. He spends all his time with her. She gets the special rice ball with a quarter papa has hidden inside and keeps it in her coat because it brings good luck. She gives it to her dad at the end because it was special to her and she wants him to have it to help him remember her while he is away working.Personal Reaction: This was a good book. It makes me think about the way children feel about their parents how they can miss them but when they haven't seen for a while can also be scared of them for a moment. Also how sweet children can be giving up something so special to them to help others.Classroom Extensions: 1.) The class can make rice balls and place a coin in one and see who gets the lucky coin.2.) We could make Chinese lanterns as an art project.