Goldy Lucky and the Three Pandas

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
Written by Natasha Yim, Illustrated by Grace Zong

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.

Primary Source Pairing:
Goldy makes a decision in the book to be a good friend and apologize for what happened in the Chans’ house. Goldy believes her decision brings her happiness and good luck. Mrs. Chan gives Goldy a red envelope to pass along good luck to her. During the Chinese New Year Celebrations, red envelopes are gifted to children to bring good luck to both the giver and the receiver.

Questions for Discussion:

  • What do you notice about the envelope?
  • What details are important to understand the image?
  • What do we have in our culture that is similar? What visual evidence supports your thinking?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Red envelope: Wikipedia Commons