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Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats

By Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, & The Children's Museum, Boston
Illustrated by Meilo So
2002, 74 pages, hardback.
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Spectacular fireworks, silk lions dancing through the streets, sumptuous family banquets-these are the hallmarks of Chinese New Year. Now, discover how to bring this splendid celebration, and others, into your own home.

In this glorious collection, bestselling cookbook author Nina Simonds joins with Leslie Swartz and The Children's Museum, Boston, to offer festival lore, traditional stories, delectable recipes, and engaging activities that will inspire you to enjoy a full year of Chinese holidays. Try such treats as golden New Year's dumplings or tasty moon cakes. Build a kite at Qing Ming or a miniature dragon boat for the Dragon Boat Festival. Share the stories of the greedy Kitchen God or the valiant imperial warrior Hou Yi.

Whether your family has embraced these holidays for generations or is introducing new traditions, Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats offers exciting ways for the whole family to celebrate year after year.

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Background on the Authors

NINA SIMONDS has devoted more than thirty years to the study of Chinese cooking and culture, and has been named one of America's top Asian Hands by Newsweek. Her bestselling cookbooks include A Spoonful of Ginger: Irresistible, Health-Giving Recipes from Asian Kitchens, which won a prestigious James Beard Foundation Award. She is a frequent contributor to Gourmet and the Sunday New York Times travel section. She travels widely in Asia and lives with her family in Salem, Massachusetts.

LESLIE SWARTZ is vice president for program development at The Children's Museum, Boston. She has served as director of the Harvard East Asian Outreach Project for many years. A cofounder of Boston's Dragon Boat Festival and a founding member of the Boston-Hangzhou Sister City Association, she is currently a board member of Families with Children from China New England. Ms. Swartz has traveled extensively in China and has published many multicultural books, curricula, and audiovisual materials, She lives with her daughter, Mei, in Arlington, Massachusetts.

THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, BOSTON, one of the oldest and largest children's museums in the country, has a national reputation for its excellence in programming and a longstanding interest in bringing the rich cultural legacy of Asian countries to children around the globe. The activities featured in this book have long been favorites at the museum.

MEILO SO's watercolors have graced the pages of half a dozen children's books, including the award-winning The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom, edited by Jack Prelutsky. She was born in Hong Kong and now lives in England.

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