Celebrations were in order for the arrival of the Asian New Year 2013 - the year of the Water Snake. In honor of Asia's most celebrated holiday, ONCEKids hosted a grand Twitter party yesterday inviting friends, media and guests from around the world to join in the celebration. ONCEKids' twitter parties, hosted by Daily Ovation out of Los Angeles, California, have become so large that the last Twitter party marking the return to school shut down their Twitter account.
As part of the festivities, ONCEKids, Inc. launched their newest title in the multi award-winning children's book series Fujimini Adventure Series. The new story is named Rainbow Panda and the Firecracker Fiasco. The story introduces readers to Rainbow Panda, the newest character in the Fujimini family of adorable animals and celebrates the Asian New Year with the traditional use of firecrackers to mark important celebrations.
It's the eve of the Asian New Year and all the animals are getting ready for the big occasion. They are sweeping, cleaning, planting flowers, writing on ribbons, and preparing food. Rainbow Panda looks forward to the fireworks display but wants to create his own fireworks show. He sets a plan in motion and tries to get Green and Pink Hamster to join him.
The animals know that they are not to play with matches or firecrackers but, nonetheless, continue with their plan. When Rainbow Panda starts to light matches in the woods, he sets the forest on fire and many animals must come to help put out the fire. The Dynasty Dragon's mom comes and turns into a cloud that rains and puts out the fire. Rainbow Panda, Dynasty Dragon, and both Green and Pink Hamster are given activities to clean up after the fire. They also volunteer to do a beach clean up to show everyone that they are sorry for the fiasco they set in motion.
Written by award-winning author Eileen Wacker, the series features a collection of Asian inspired animals, such as the Pink and Green Hamster, Red Penguin, Samurai Tortoise, Dynasty Dragon among other adorable animals, who all live on the magical Fujimini Island. Each adventure-based story has an educational message and a happy ending. The series currently consists of 6 books that target the 5-8 year old reader. Each book contains a Fujimini Adventure Series Glossary which explains different Asian items found in the stories such as a bonsai tree, chopsticks, sushi, moon festival, samurai warriors, etc., and adds to the fun of the stories.