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Once Upon a Full Moon by Elizabeth Quan
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Once Upon a Full Moon

by Elizabeth Quan

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In the 1920s the Lee family adventured to journey across Canada and the Pacific Ocean to return to their father’s homeland. mainland China. Their journey begins with preparations: shopping for new clothes, getting one-style fits all haircuts from Papa, remembering to tuck crayons and favorite games into the steamer trunks, and setting out by train under the light of the moon, now a sliver in the vast sky. They travel for days before boarding a ship for Japan, again under the watchful eye of the pale moon, and continue their adventures by train, double-decker bus, cable car, rickshaw, ferry, and foot before arriving under the new full moon. The story is rich with observations about all the exciting things the Lee family sees and experiences on their journey. Quan, a former protégée of Jackson Pollack, and an artist with an international reputation in her own right, has a BA in East Asian studies and previously published an illustrated collection of Chinese puppet plays, The Immortal Poetry of Milo. Author/illustrator lives in Canada. ( )
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Describes a trip that the author's family took back to China from Toronto, Canada, in the 1920s to visit a grandmother she had never met.

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