Lin Yi's Lantern: A Moon Festival Tale

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
On the night of the Moon Festival, Lin Yi's mother sends him to the market with money and a list of things to buy that includes "moon cakes, star fruit, rice, yams...and peanuts for Uncle Hui." If he bargains well, she gives Lin Yi permission to buy a red rabbit lantern he yearns for. Although young Lin Yi seems in danger of being unable to fulfill this desire, his hard work is ultimately amply and satisfyingly rewarded. Skillful plot touches serve to build the story arc nicely—the moon gate and Lin Yi's conversation with Uncle Hui are only two examples. Lin Yi's red shirt serves as a nice visual promise of the reward to come, and the lonely image of the small boy pedaling home is both a deft turning point and an effective use of the page turn. Backmatter includes a retelling of the legend of the Moon Fairy "as told by Uncle Hui" as well as instructions for making a Chinese lantern and a note about market life in China. Lacombe's illustrations, created with gouache on colored paper, are richly detailed and whimsical; he provides interesting variations in perspective. Unfortunately, no source materials or references are provided for those adult teachers or librarians who may wish to verify the origins of the story or determine the extent of its adaptation. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
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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 gift—a 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846861475
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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