To begin, the cover of this book is adorable. I could tell that this was going to be an adaptation of “Goldylocks and the Three Bears” with a wonderful new twist. What a refreshing way to teach kids about the traditions of the Chinese New Year! I have read many books describing the celebrations, but this is written in a way that both adults and children can share in the learning together. It takes the classic story, wraps the tradition throughout it with new words and beautiful drawings and gives us a brand new story with a new family and neighborhood to explore.
I love how, unlike the original story, Goldy goes back after realizing what a mess she has made of the Chans’ home. Through helping repair their broken furniture and giving Little Chan her bowl of congee, children learn accountability for their actions and how if they’re on the other side, how to forgive. Together, the Chans and Goldy prepare a variety of Chinese New Year dishes and learn that friendship is the ultimate good luck charm.
At the end of the book, there are terms to help the reader understand the different symbols of the Chinese New Year mentioned throughout the book as well as adorable illustrations. It explains the Chinese Zodiac and even includes a recipe for turnip cakes, which Little Chan and Goldy make together in the story. Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas might have been written with children in mind, but all ages will enjoy this heartwarming remix of a classic tale.
*I was sent this book for an honest review from the publisher.