Good Luck, Bad Luck and The Chinese New Year

Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 1.39.31 PMGoldy Luck and the Three Pandas

  • Targeted Audience: Pre-School and Lower Elementary (Ages 4-7)
  • Genre: Non-Fiction Picture Book
  • Author:Natasha Yim
  • Illustrator: Grace Zong
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Binding: Hard Cover
  • Dimensions: 11.5″ x 8.9″
  • Printing: Full Color
  • Length: 32 Pages
  • Retail: $16.95
  • ISBN: 978-1580896528

The Chinese New Year is January 31, 2014

A New Twist on a Timeless Classic


It’s the Chinese New Year and Goldy is a little girl who seems to have anything but luck; she’s rather clumsy and seems to break everything she touches. Goldy’s mom tells her daughter to bring a plate of delicious turnip cakes over to Mr. and Mrs. Chan, who live in the apartment next door. Goldy reluctantly brings the plate next door, but nobody’s home, and naturally she trips and spills the turnip cakes all over the floor. Just like the classic fairy tale this Goldy helps herself to some things that don’t belong to her. When the Chan family discovers what Goldy Luck has been up to, she must deal with some guilt about what she’s done. But to find out how she handles the situation, you’ve got to read the story for yourself.

What This Book Teaches (Or Why You Should Read It)

Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 1.41.59 PM When the opportunity came for me to review a book called Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, my first thought was that the story would not be original; on the contrary, I was pleasantly surprised to discover it is indeed cleverly unique as well as educational and downright charming. The story teaches children about doing the right thing and taking responsibility for their actions.

Author Natasha Yim not only weaves Chinese cultural traditions throughout her story, she also dedicates two pages at the end of the book to explaining very interesting traditions surrounding the Chinese New Year including the Chinese Zodiac. There is even a recipe for Turnip Cakes at the back of the book you can make with your kids! In addition to the educational and entertaining story, you’ll find the lovely, colorful illustrations by Grace Zong to be perfectly fitting for this special story. Like me, after reading Goldy Luck, you too will long to learn more about the many traditions surrounding the Chinese New Year.

NYimAbout the Author

Natasha Yim was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia before moving to Singapore and then Hong Kong, where she attended a very proper high school. Her love of writing started in a childhood English class and led her to obtain an undergrad degree in English and later a Master’s in Counseling. Before penning her first book, Natasha worked as a social worker. In addition to Goldy Luck, her books include Sacajawea of the Shoshone, Cixi: The Dragon Empress, and Otto’s Rainy Day. She lives in Ukiah, California.

About the Illustrator

Grace Zong is the illustrator of Goldy Luck and Orange Peel’s Pocket. She splits her time between New York and Korea.

Further Learning

  1. Research more about Chinese New Year traditions  with your kids.
  2. Make a Chinese New Year snake.

For another great book for kids about the Chinese New Year, read this NY Times Best Illustrated Book, A New Year’s Reunion.



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