Last week Grace Lin’s new picture book, Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Knopf, 2010) came out.
And just in time, too.
On September 22nd, people across Asia and in Chinese communities around the world will gather with their families to celebrate this harvest holiday.
Thanking the Moon is geared toward children aged 4 to 8, but all my kids enjoy it, even the baby. I love Lin’s rich illustrations: the colorful lanterns, robust mooncakes, juicy green pomelo fruit, and hot cups of tea.
I’ve been reading this book to my younger kids this week before their naps and bedtime at night. Even my 12 year old joins in at night, studying the different lanterns (shaped as rabbits, goldfish, and horses, plus the simple round ones).
I didn’t know about the Mid-Autumn Festival until I moved to Hong Kong weeks shy of my 20th birthday. So kids these days, no matter where they live, are lucky to have such fun and informative books like Thanking the Moon.
Happy Moon Festival!