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Mooncakes

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Mooncakes

evaluări:
4/5 (18 evaluări)
Lungime:
31 pages
38 minutes
Lansat:
Sep 1, 2013
ISBN:
9781459806276
Format:
Carte

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From Scribd: About the Book

Screenwriter, playwright, and fiction author Loretta Soto offers her very first children’s book, Mooncakes. A story exploring the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, better known as the Moon Festival.

Under the night sky, a little girl and her family enjoy their traditional tea and mooncakes, and takes comfort in the company of each other under the stars.

Her mother and father tell her the old folklore behind the Mid-Autumn Festival. The girl learns about the three legends that are most important to the Festival: the tale Jade Rabbit, whose selflessness was rewarded with immortality; the story of a woman who searched for everlasting life; and a tree that can never be cut down.

A perfect read for parents to read with their children and remember their own cultural heritage and stories, as well as a great way to introduce the Chinese cultural traditions to learn more about this Chinese Moon Festival.

With beautiful illustrations by Renne Benoit, Mooncakes explains the traditions of the Mid Autumn Festival in a fun and engaging way, as well as teaching the value of peace and gathering together.

Lansat:
Sep 1, 2013
ISBN:
9781459806276
Format:
Carte

Despre autor

Loretta Seto is a fiction and screenwriter, as well as a playwright. She has been published in Ricepaper magazine and the anthology Strike the Wok. Loretta completed her MFA in creative writing at UBC and is excited by the challenges she faces writing in different genres. Mooncakes is her first children’s book. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


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  • (4/5)
    A young Asian-Canadian girl celebrates the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with her parents in this lovely picture-book from debut author Loretta Seto and veteran illustrator Renné Benoit. As the girl describes this special night, in which her Mama and Baba let her stay up late with them, watching the moon, eating mooncakes, and telling stories, three traditional Chinese folktales are worked into her narrative, in the form of tales told by her parents. The first is the tale of Chang-E, who swallowed the elixir of immortality to keep it from her cruel husband, the archer Hou-Yi, and now lives on the moon**. The second is the story of Wu-Gang, a woodcutter who chops eternally at the cassia tree standing in the Jade Emperor's garden on the moon. The third is the narrative of Jade Rabbit, brought to the moon by three magicians, who were amazed at his willingness to sacrifice himself, to feed others...Only the second children's story I have read that is devoted to the subject of China's Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - the other was Grace Lin's Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - Mooncakes is a lovely little picture-book, one that pairs an engaging narrative with appealing artwork. I appreciated the way that Loretta Seto managed to spin a story about a contemporary young girl and her loving bond with her parents, while also including some moon-related folklore from the Chinese tradition. The illustrations by Benoit, whose work I know from such titles as Lily and the Paper Man, are just lovely, with a wonderfully subtle autumnal palette that felt appropriate, given the subject matter. Recommended to anyone looking for picture-books about the celebration of the Moon Festival, or for children's stories that address Chinese folk beliefs about the moon.** Folklore enthusiasts will be interested to know that this is just one version of the story. In others, Chang-E swallows the elixir, not to keep it from her husband, but to keep it from an unrelated thief. This variant of the story sees her choosing to live on the moon in order to be close to her husband, who begins the tradition of making offerings to the moon, in order to assure Chang-E that she is still in his heart.
  • (4/5)
    A warm, inviting story about a young girl and her parents celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival.
  • (4/5)
    Such a heartwarming story ? love this one! Quick read in one sitting.
  • (3/5)
    This book is filled with stories that parents tell at the time of Chinese Moon Festival. The stories were nice but there wasn’t enough of an explanation of what the festival is about, or enough in the stories the parents are telling the child, to give those who don’t celebrate the Moon Festival and understanding of what it is about.+11 #wintergames #teamelectricsex #impulseread