Lin Yi's Lantern

A Moon Festival Tale
32p. 978-1-84686-147-5.
K-Gr 3 A Chinese boy heads to market to shop for items for the upcoming Moon Festival. His mother warns him that if he wishes to purchase the red rabbit lantern that he's longed for, he must bargain carefully. Lin Yi repeats the shopping list faithfully to himself: "moon cakes, star fruit, rice, yams and...and I mustn't forget the peanuts for Uncle Hui." Walking through the busy marketplace, he resists toffee apples, fragrant rice, and a dough figure, delaying his gratification in hopes of attaining the lantern. Despite his best efforts, however, toward the end of his trip he realizes that he won't be able to afford both peanuts and the lantern. His selflessness in choosing the peanuts is rewarded when his uncle arrives with a gifta red rabbit lantern. Gouache illustrations in mostly red, blue, and purple tones are highlighted with numerous origami paper designs. Back matter has notes about the traditional legend of the moon fairy, instructions for making a Chinese lantern, and a discussion of market life in China. This book sheds light on a unique cultural tradition."Madigan McGillicuddy, Los Angeles Public Library" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
"During the Moon Festival time, many special things can happen." So learns young Lin Yi when, after a day spent gathering festival supplies from the marketplace, he is rewarded for a selfless act. The text employs the rhythmic patterns of a folktale. Flowing, detail-rich gouache paintings illustrate the scenery (though the people call to mind bobblehead dolls).

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