Thanking the moon Celebrating the mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Grace Lin

Book - 2010

Each member of a Chinese family contributes to the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Includes author's note explaining this festival's customs and traditions.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf c2010.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 21 x 26 cm
ISBN
9780375961014
0375961011
9780375861017
0375861017
Main Author
Grace Lin (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Under a full harvest moon, a Chinese American family unpacks their car, sets out a drop cloth and lanterns, and enjoys fruit, moon cakes, and tea at a "nighttime picnic." They honor the mid-autumn moon with moments of quiet thanks and private wishes as they celebrate the traditional Chinese holiday with other families. In an appended note, author Lin describes the thanksgiving tradition, citing moon stories and explaining the symbolism of round-shaped cups, fruit, and lanterns. For younger children, the slender narrative provides just enough of an introduction; for school-age children, the author's note provides a cultural context. Objects mentioned in the narrative are easily identified in the vivid gouache illustrations. Luminous faces reflect the brightness of the full moon, casting light in the dark night. A beautiful, welcome choice for multicultural studies, this also adds diversity to autumnal thanksgiving themes.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3—In the style of Bringing in the New Year (Knopf, 2009), Lin fashions a child-friendly introduction to the mid-autumn harvest moon festival with engagingly simple text and colorful, oversize gouache illustrations. A family travels to a moonlit meadow where each individual helps with preparations for a nighttime picnic. The full moon's shape symbolizes harmony and wholeness, and the family members unpack round-shaped fruit and paper lanterns. The young narrator pours round cups of tea, and everyone nibbles on soft, sweet mooncakes. As a glowing moon "peacefully watches over all of us," the family sends their secret wishes to it and relishes being together. The writing is concise and accessible, and an author's note adds further information on the holiday and its significance. The inviting nocturnal landscapes are vivid with interesting details, and readers will long to join in this peaceful celebration.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA [Page 130]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A Chinese-American family joins in the fun by preparing a nighttime picnic complete with mooncakes, pomelos, cups of tea and colorful lanterns before making a thankful wish to the moon. By the author of Bringing in the New Year.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Each member of a Chinese family contributes to the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, in a story that includes an author's note explaining this festival's customs and traditions.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Each member of a Chinese family contributes to the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Includes author's note explaining this festival's customs and traditions.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Each member of a Chinese family contributes to the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Includes author's note explaining this festival's customs and traditions.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

This simple, young, and satisfying story follows a Chinese American family as they celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Each member of the family lends a hand as they prepare a moonlit picnic with mooncakes, pomelos, cups of tea, and colorful lanterns. And everyone sends thanks and a secret wish up to the moon.Grace Lin’s luminous and gloriously patterned artwork is perfect for this holiday tale. Her story is simple—tailor-made for reading aloud to young children. And she includes an informative author’s note with further details on the customs and traditions of the Moon Festival for parents and teachers. The Moon Festival is one of the most important holidays of the year along with the Lunar New Year, so this book makes an excellent companion to Grace Lin’s Bringing In the New Year, which features the same family.