Chinese New Year is almost upon us! It’s on January 31st this year and it will be the year of the Horse. I’ve always been facinated with Chinese New Year and the predictions about personality depending on what year you are born in (perhaps because I really identify with my animal: the Dragon). So I’m going to share some facts about this year’s animal and I’ve also thrown in some recommendations on toddler friendly Chinese New Year books at the end.
People born in the year of the Horse (2014, 2002, 1990, 1978. 1966, 1954, 1942) have a lot of great qualities. They are fun, talented, independent, and cheerful people whom the opposite sex finds attractive. They have strong and noble characters. They are social and friendly people (and passionate lovers) who are quick to act. Supposedly they are also good with money (seriously, what’s not to love here). However, they are rumoured to have short tempers, be impulsive, and can be fickle in love!
Tigers (2010, 1998, 1974, 1962, 1950)and Dogs (2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946) are good matches for Horses, but Horses are best to steer clear of Rats (2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948) who won’t appreciate them properly.
Famous Horses include Muhammed Ali, Barbra Streisand, Rembrandt, Chopin, Emma Watson, Katie Holmes, Ashton Kutcher, Jerry Seinfeld, Harrison Ford, Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, Cindy Crawford, Jackie Chan, Denzel Washington, and Paul McCartney among others.
Three toddler friendly Chinese New Year books that I’ve found so far are:
1) D is for Dragon Dance (Ying Chang Compestine) This is an alphabet book that explains an object or a concept around Chinese New Year for each letter.
2) Dragon Dance (Joan Holub) This is a super cute lift the flap book – C is a fan of the flap books.
3) Round is a Mooncake (Roseanne Thong) This is a book about shapes that are mostly all related to Chinese New Year or Asian culture.
I know there are lots of books on the topic for elementary school aged children, but does anyone have any other recommendations for the wee ones?