Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Book Highlight: New Clothes for New Year's Day

"New Clothes for New Year's Day" by Hyun Ju Bae is the perfect book to read to your child to get them excited for the upcoming New Year's Sae Bae event. What is "Sae Bae?" Sae bae is when the younger generation bow down in honor to their elders during New Year's Day. Traditionally, the whole family dresses up in their Korean hanboks and makes visitations to their older relatives, like their grandparents, aunts and uncles. After the children sae bae, the relatives (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles), will give the children money and say some words of wisdom to them.

Author Hyun Ju Bae details how a little girl gets dressed and ready for the New Year's. He explains things such as, how to wear a hanbok, and also gives descriptions of the various hanbok items. This book comes with beautiful illustrations.