Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

by Natasha Yim (Author) Grace Zong (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Based on Goldilocks and the three bears. One Chinese New Year, her mother sends Goldy Luck to the pandas next door with a plate of turnip cakes, but the pandas are out and disaster follows. Includes a recipe for turnip cakes and an explanation of Chinese New Year.

In this Chinese American retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda's rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.

Publisher's Weekly

Having set out to transpose the story of Goldilocks into the key of the Chinese New Year, Yim (Otto's Rainy Day) turns in a solid performance. The forest becomes a Chinese neighborhood, the bears become pandas, the porridge becomes congee (rice porridge), and the errand becomes Goldy Luck's delivery of turnip cakes to the parents of her friend Little Chan. "He never shares stuff with me," Goldy Luck grumbles, and her mother replies, "Wash away old arguments and be nice, or you'll have bad luck." Zong's (Orange Peel's Pocket) paintings provide additional information about life in a Chinese family with close looks at scenes inside both houses; there's even a household altar with offerings placed before a picture of a panda ancestor. In Goldilocks tradition, Goldy Luck wreaks havoc and the Chans discover her: "Look. It's Goldy Luck, sleeping on my futon!" The images and story emphasize family life, cooperation, security, and warmth, while author's notes explain Chinese notions of good fortune and the Chinese zodiac system, and supply a recipe for turnip cake. Ages 4-8. 

Copyright 2013 Publisher’s Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

School Library Journal

In this clever picture-book retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," Chinese New Year starts with Goldy Luck's mother asking her to bring turnip cakes to their panda neighbors, the Chans. Goldy heads next door, promptly spilling her plate of turnip cakes as she walks in the front door; from there, things unfold as might be expected. She eats up Little Chan's rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and falls asleep on his futon. Goldy Luck's conscience gets the better of her, though, and she learns some valuable lessons about friendship and being a good neighbor. Zong's acrylic cartoon-style illustrations benefit from well-balanced one- and two-page spreads. Red, a color strongly associated with Chinese New Year and symbolic of good luck, is used as a motif throughout; fittingly, Goldy Luck wears a red sweater and tights. Employing complementary and analogous colors provides balance, and the illustrations are appealing and humorous without being over-the-top. This is a fun retelling of a familiar tale with Chinese-American characters and cultural references, using the celebration of Chinese/Lunar New Year as the backdrop for a story that can be enjoyed year round. An author's note about Chinese New Year and a recipe for turnip cakes are appended.

Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Natasha Yim
Natasha Yim nació en Malasia, se crio en Singapur y Hong Kong, y ahora vive en California. Es autora de muchos libros ilustrados, entre ellos Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, The Rock Maiden y Mulan's New Year. Su plato favorito de dim sum son las tartas de flan.
www.natashayim.com

Natasha Yim was born in Malaysia, grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong, and now lives in California. She is the author of many picture books, including Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, The Rock Maiden, and Mulan's New Year.

Violet Kim viaja por todo el mundo. Estudió dibujo en Rhode Island School of Design y ahora vive en Taiwán. Ilustró los libros If You're Going to a March, The Little Gray Bunny y Earth Day, Birthday! Cuando viaja, siempre busca restaurantes en donde pueda disfrutar de su plato favorito de dim sum: los camarones a la gabardina. www.violet-kim.format.com

World traveler Violet Kim studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and now lives in Taiwan. She is the illustrator of If You're Going to a March, The Little Gray Bunny, and Earth Day, Birthday! www.violet-kim.format.com
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781580896528
Lexile Measure
560L
Guided Reading Level
L
Publisher
Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication date
January 20, 2014
Series
-
BISAC categories
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV012040 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
JUV017080 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Other, Non-Religious
Library of Congress categories
Pandas
Conduct of life
Neighbors
Chinese New Year
Holidays
Sharing

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