All this week I’ve been reading Round is a Mooncake (Chronicle, 2000) by Roseanne Thong and Grace Lin to my two young kids. Sometimes my twelve year old takes over if I have to straighten out the bathroom or find a clean set of pajamas before bedtime.
Although this book is now 10 years old, it will never get old. I recently gave it to my three year old for Hannukah and she just loves it. The book teaches kids about shapes through the eyes of a Chinese girl. We read about mooncakes, lanterns, name chops, abacuses, tea cups, and big bright moons. Fun stuff.
I can’t believe it took me a decade to buy this book. It came out when my oldest was two, so I’m not sure what happened there. Better late than never, though. I’ve noticed after he finishes reading it to his young siblings, he’s gone back to study the colorful pictures.
So if you haven’t finished holiday shopping for young children, this book makes a great gift. Older siblings and parents will enjoy it, too!