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Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the…

Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

by Grace Lin

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A lovely, simple introduction to the Mid-Autumn Festival for young children. The simple text and engaging illustrations make it very accessible for young readers. It is a perfect book to share and talk about the story events and illustrations.
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Curricular connections: would tie in nicely as part of a lesson about holidays and traditions around the world. Would be best read in Autumn, the setting of the book, when many different cultures celebrate holidays. ( )
  linnea_simon | Feb 3, 2016 |
  BRCSBooks | Sep 12, 2013 |
Much the same as her Dim Sum for Everyone! in structure, this book describes the preparation and celebration of the Moon Festival. At the end is a two-page informational text on the history of the holiday. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Much as she did in her Dim Sum for Everyone!, children's author Grace Lin uses a simple text and colorful, engaging gouache artwork to introduce young readers to an aspect of Chinese (and Chinese-American) culture. Here we have a family - Ma-ma, Ba-ba, Mei-mei, Jie-jie, and the narrator - embarking on a night-time picnic as part of their celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Setting out the food, arranging the moon-honoring table, this is a time when the whole family (and the whole community) gets involved!

With a text that is very simple indeed - no more than a sentence per page - I think Thanking the Moon makes an excellent introduction to this major Chinese holiday for younger children. I really enjoyed Lin's artwork, with its excellent use of color, and its fabric-like motifs, in the background, something I also observed in her Dim Sum for Everyone! (the only other one of the author/artist's books I have read, thus far). I do wish that, perhaps in her informative afterword, the author had included the information that Mei-mei means "little sister," and Jie-jie "big sister," as I think many of her readers will be unaware of that, but other than this, I recommend this one wholeheartedly, as an excellent picture-book celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 18, 2013 |
Simply told, informative, and celebratory. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:13 -0400)

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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