Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Observed by numerous cultures throughout Asia, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival was on September 19th this year. I was lucky enough to hear about this holiday from someone who was planning to celebrate, and I also had the opportunity to sample traditional Chinese moon cakes (pictured below).
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 moon cakes, 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. Not only is this book a delightful story that children will enjoy, but the author also includes 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.
Grace Lin by J. C. Wheeler