Lin Yi's Lanternby Brenda Williams, Benjamin Lacombe
Meet Lin Yi a little boy with a big heart and a talent for bargaining. Tonight is the moon festival and he wants nothing more than a red rabbit lantern; but first he must buy the things his mother needs at the market. This heartwarming story shows the rewards of putting others first, and includes educational notes at the end about the Chinese moon festival, life in rural China, and the legend of the moon fairy.
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This sweet story carries a valuable message. When Lin Yi is faced with a choice, he decides to do the right thing. The story follows Lin Yi to the market where he does the shopping for his mother. He tries very hard to bargain well, all the while keeping his eye on the red rabbit lantern that he wants to buy. He has a couple of opportunities to disobey his mother, but chooses to follow his conscience. Lin Yi's Lantern is an interesting book on many different levels. It was fun to learn about the Chinese holiday and their culture a little bit, and it was also nice to read a charming story about a boy who chooses to do what he knows is right. The artwork is beautiful. I love this illustrator's style. It is so unique and different, all while maintaining the beauty that I associate with the Chinese culture. Allover a pretty good picture book.