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Nian, the New Year Monster

Nian the New Year Monster cover

A Chinese tale, retold by Chris Tse

This story sets out to explain the origin of the Chinese New Year festival. It tells how a mysterious old man helps a village to get rid of Nian, a rampaging monster who has been terrorising the villagers at the start of every spring (on the first day of the Chinese New Year). The story is told in the style of a traditional folk tale, but its origins are thought to be more recent.

Purple 2 

Series: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Learning area: English, The Arts

Colour wheel level: Purple

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 3

Category: Fiction

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: celebration, China, Chinese New Year, cooperation, courage, culture, fireworks, helping others, monster, Nian, New Year, problem solving, tradition, traditional tale

In: Junior Journal 59, Level 2, 2019

Publication date: November 2019

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