The Crane Maiden, by Miyoko Matsutani, illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki. Parent's Magazine Press, 1968. (Previously published in Japanese.)
Angelina Ice Skates, by Katharine Holabird, illustrations by Helen Craig. 1993/2001.
There are hundreds of Christmas books--but how many New Year's books can you name? Here are three of ours.
For those of you who don't get TVOntario or who have never watched Art Attack, here's a You-tube clip with Neil Buchanan demonstrating a Christmas tree craft.
Pausing only long enough to buy rice for rice cakes, a kimono for Tsuru-san and a few delicacies for New Year's Day, the man hurried home with his pockets jingling. "Tomorrow, tomorrow is the New Year's Day," he sang. "The New Year is the happy time, eating rice cakes whiter than snow, drinking sake that is smoother than oil."
Then such a hustle and bustle there was, as the old man and his wife prepared for the feast....
Maybe not literature that will last forever, but a fun story for Angelina fans...Everyone in the village was getting ready for New Year's Eve, and Angelina was preparing a special ice skating show. Her little cousin Henry wanted to be in the show, too, even though he often tumbled off the ice and fell into the snowbanks.
At the end of the performance, as the magic hour of midnight approached and fireworks sparkled in the sky, Angelina and her friends wished everyone joy and peace, and they all sang and danced together to welcome in the New Year.
Happy New Year from Dewey's Treehouse!!!