Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade  by Lyla Lee, illustrated by Dung Ho

81dnHclgKTL._AC_UY218_ML3_Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade  by Lyla Lee, illustrated by Dung Ho. Aladdin, 9781534440111, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Realistic Fiction

What did you like about the book? I’m so glad to see a book like this that specifically highlights Korean culture, and is written by a Korean-American author. The book does a really good job of recognizing similarities between different Asian cultures (especially when comparing Korean Lunar New Year to Chinese New Year) while also highlighting the differences. Korean culture and food are celebrated by the characters, most of whom are Korean. Mindy also has a white friend who she invites to celebrate Lunar New Year with her dad. Other than celebrating Lunar New Year, this is a very relatable school story, with subtle peer conflicts and a minimal use of cell phones. Readers also learn that Mindy’s mom had been sick and passed away, and there are times when Mindy and her dad are learning to live in a new family structure. I appreciated the subtle discussion and mention of it as an important part of Mindy and her dad’s life, though it is not the focus of the book.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing about the book blew me away.

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a good mirror book for a young Korean-American girl, especially because there are not many. Anyone who enjoys the Ruby Lu series would likely enjoy this as well.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians

Where would you shelve it? Chapter books, easy chapter books if you have it, realistic fiction if genrefied.

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: Feb. 2, 2020

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