Thanking the Moon

Thanking the Moon Cover

Thanking the Moon

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

By Grace Lin

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375861017, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 14, 2010

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 mooncakes, 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. Her story is simple tailor-made for reading aloud to young children. And she includes an informative author's note with further 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.