Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mid Autumn Moon Festival - Book Roundup

Want to learn more about the Moon Festival? See our earlier post to learn the legend of the moon goddess and how the festival is celebrated.

In preparation for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, we read the following books:

The Moon Festival: A Chinese Mid-Autumn Celebration by Arlene Chan.

This was my favorite book. It includes an introduction to the moon festival, the legend of the moon goddess Chang-E in storybook format with lovely illustrations, four other short Chinese moon legends, describes mooncakes and the role they played in Chinese history, origins and customs of the festival, and includes a poem about the moon written by the famed Chinese poet Li Bai - in short, everything you might want to know about the moon festival.

Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by Grace Lin.

This is a sweet picture book with great illustrations, simply depicting the moon festival and how it is celebrated for younger kids. There's also a two page informative author's note at the back of the book for further information about the festival.

The Moon Lady (Aladdin Picture Books) by Amy Tan.

This richly illustrated story book, set in historical China, tells the story of a young girl's secret wish to the moon fairy and of her experiences during the moon festival. We enjoyed getting a glimpse of traditional Chinese culture as we followed along the young girl's day. The story book is text heavy, and would be too long for younger children. 

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds.

Along with the Chinese New Year, Qing Ming, and the Dragon Boat Festival, this book also explores the moon festival, with crafts, a recipe for mooncakes, and the legend of the moon goddess, Chang-E. 

If you are interested in celebrating Chinese festivals, I highly recommend this book.

This week, we'll be preparing for the moon festival by reading books, tasting mooncakes and learning how they are made, making lanterns to hang on sticks, reading and writing poetry about the moon, and honoring the moon on the 19th with tea, mooncakes, and pomelos. 
Books are a wonderful way to experience new worlds and ideas. Our house is filled with books, most of which are borrowed from our public library. Public libraries are an incredible resource, making books accessible to everyone, and we highly encourage everyone to discover theirs. If you are hoping to build your own home library, I've made it easy by linking book titles to Amazon.com.  Please note that I have become affiliated with them, which means that if you make a purchase, you are also supporting this website.  

1 comment:

  1. The Moon Lady sounds interesting - I noticed it for the next year. This year Mooncakes was our favorite.


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