Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas #ChineseNewYear #ReadYourWorld #KidLit

Goldy Luck Cover

For this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day, (more at #ReadYourWorld), I was given the pleasure of reviewing, “Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas” written by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Grace Zong. From the very first page, Ms. Yim’s words will have you smiling and Ms. Zong’s pictures will bring your smile to a chuckle or even a full laugh.

This exceedingly clever adaptation of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” begins with the introduction of Goldy Luck, a sweet, endearing, and somewhat clumsy young girl, who according to her mother is “lucky” enough to be born into the Year of the Golden Dragon….known as a very lucky year. However, following a delightful cultural parody of the traditional story’s sequence of events, we see that Goldy doesn’t feel so lucky. Hidden in nearly every sentence and picture are fantastic tidbits not only about the upcoming celebration of Chinese New Years (beginning February 16, 2018), but also Chinese culture in general.

I cannot recommend this book enough to teachers, librarians, caregivers, and parents wishing to share a timeless story of thoughtfulness with the children in their lives. While absolutely a go-to book for Chinese New Years and Chinese culture, “Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas” lends itself to lessons in kindness, self-reflection, friendship, and much, much more.

Chinese New Year 2018 is just around the corner beginning on February 16, 2018 with preparations beginning February 8th so be sure to get your copy soon! Great thanks to Ms. Yim, Ms. Zong, and Charlesbridge for bringing this delightful adaptation to the world.

2018 is the Year of the Dog. I was born in the Year of the Monkey. How about you? Besides reading “Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas” how else will you celebrate?

Happy Reading, everyone, and Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Much love,

signed sara


Sara Beth Videtto 
Author of “Turtle’s First Winter: A Read and Find Storybook”
Twitter: @sarabethvidetto
Itasca Books:

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ 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.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM: Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD: Audrey Press,Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER: Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari,Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul,Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKidsAuthor Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. SwiftAuthor Elsa Takaoka,Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL PublishingAuthor Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane WhittinghamAuthor Natasha Yim

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

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