Join a Chinese-American family as they head out into the night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. They bring a night-time picnic and set up the moon-honoring table. There are glowing lanterns and tea to drink. There are also special mooncakes to munch. Then everyone thanks the moon for bringing them together and make secret wishes. This will have every child wishing that they could celebrate the Moon Festival too.
A gentle and simple story, Lin offers a glimpse of Chinese heritage in this picture book. With just one or two lines of text per double page spread, she invites readers to the picnic and the celebration. Her illustrations are jewel-toned and delightful. She fills the night time sky with swirls and plays with other patterns throughout as well. From the plate to the tea cups to clothing and lanterns, everything has a touch of pattern to catch the eye.
This short, simple book concludes with some additional information on the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival that will answer any questions that readers may have. Lin has once again created a book that is inviting, interesting and culturally fascinating. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Random House.
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