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Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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I grew up in Upstate NY with my parents and 2 sisters, whom are featured in many of my books, including "Dim Sum For Everyone!" and my novels, "The Year of the Dog" and "The Year of the Rat." My mother and I were the star characters in my first book, "The Ugly Vegetables"--I cut both my sisters out of that story! They were quite upset with me and made me promise never to cut them out again. And since then, I haven't...yet.
While many of my books highlight my family, not all of them do. My Newbery Honor-winning novel "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," is an Asian inspired fantasy that some people call a Chinese 'Wizard of Oz,' and my early reader "Ling & Ting" is inspired by the old 'Flicka, Dicka & Ricka' books I read when I was young.
I hope you enjoy my books. Please visit my website: www.gracelin.com for more info about them (behind the scene stories and pictures) as well as other amusing anecdotes!
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The content of this book truly reflects the customs of our own family celebration: we went out to a place where we could have the best view of the brightest moon, and we too, drank tea with soft and sweet mooncakes that came with delicious fillings from red bean paste, dates paste, pineapple to lotus seeds. Our mei-mei (little sister) also put the green pomelo peel on her head and she had a great time holding the lighted lantern to walk in the parade from the locally-held Chinese mid-autumn festival carnival. In ancient times, Moon Festival was for Chinese poets to get together, have a competition to write linked verse about moon-inspired poems. Today, I read the story of "Chang-O"(the legend about a goddess who swallowed the pills of immortality and flied to the moon) to my kids and also, I held a Chinese poetry book in my hand just like what is drawn inside the book. Moon is a symbol of harmony, spiritual truth and family union in Chinese culture and this book preserves the beauty of this festival for everyone to read and enjoy!
*Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. In 2010, it fell on Sep 22nd and next year, it will be on Sep 12th, 2011.
People celebrate this holiday by going where they will see the moon shining at its brightest point. You drink Chinese herb tea and eat bean-curd based mooncakes and other Chinese treats.
The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival has a literary base. Poets in China would get together and compete with one another to write the best poem with a lunar theme. The moon is revered as the symbol of serenity (the word "serene" has a lunar lingustic origin), harmony and inner peace.
I love this book because it exemplifies the values of love and family unity which are held in especially high regard in Chinese culture. This is a book people of all ages will love and certainly learn from. It is a handshake/bow from China.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story and very nice illustrations! I plan to buy more of this series!Published 1 month ago by Colleen K. McGuire
Best book to explain the Mid-Autumn moon festival to little children. I have a few books but this one is the best.Published 1 month ago by Amy
I have enjoyed reading and rereading Grace Lin's, 'Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. This book is for a younger audience. The book itself is of great quality. Read morePublished 14 months ago by m. nayler