By: Grace Lin, translated by 谢媛媛 and 赵伟轩
Originally published in: United States
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 34
Lines per page: 1-4
Price per book: $16.75
New York Times bestselling author Grace Lin presents her "favorite Asian holiday", the Mid-Autumn Festival, in this 2019 Caldecott Honor award book: 《小星星的大月饼 xiǎo xīng xīng de dà yuè bǐng》A Big Mooncake for Little Star.
Grace Lin created the story about the Mid-Autumn festival to explain the celebration to her three-year-old daughter after the traditional tale failed to capture her interest. She also wanted to increase Asian representation in American children's literature so her daughter and others like her could “see” themselves in more books.
It is a story about Little Star gradually eating the big mooncake that her mother has baked. Little Star eats the big mooncake bit by bit, in phases that mimic the phases of the moon.
"The rich darkness of the book’s pages is cut by the glorious gold of the stars" ( New York Times author Samantha Hunt). See if you and your children can find the constellations in these beautifully illustrated pages!
《小雪的大被子 xiǎo xuě de dà bèi zǐ》A Big Bed for Little Snow, also by Grace Lin, is a perfect companion to A Big Mooncake for Little Star. This newly published book (October 2019) tells a heartwarming and tender story about Little Snow, a boy bouncing around an irresistible feather-stuffed bed. Or is it a storm cloud? Are the feathers actually feathers or are they snowflakes falling on the city below?
Both books were originally written in English, but the Chinese translation of each is smooth and beautiful. Both books are "new classics" that deserve space in your child's Chinese picture book collection.
《小星星的大月饼, xiǎo xīng xīng de dà yuè bǐng》A Big Mooncake for Little Star
《小雪的大被子, xiǎo xuě de dà bèi zǐ》A Big Bed for Little Snow
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Children ages 2+ will enjoy having these books read to them.
"Read by myself": Texts are short and conversational. The prevalence of common language from daily life makes this series ideal for beginning readers ages 5+.