Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipesby Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, Meilo So
This sumptuous family treasury offers stories, recipes, and activities in celebration of five major Chinese holidays.
Publishers WeeklyIn Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz and the Children's Museum, Boston, illus. by Meilo So, each of a quartet of holidays includes a brief background and introduces a bevy of crafts, recipes and legends. "The Story of the Kitchen God" kicks off the section on the Chinese New Year (and the reason behind serving the traditional tanggua, or candied melons); a recipe for Five-Treasure Moon Cakes stuffed with apricot preserves, pitted dates, sweet coconut and raisins helps youngsters celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Step-by-step illustrations aid in food preparation or crafts such as New Year Prints or Good Luck Characters in this elegantly designed volume.
Children's LiteratureLooking for ways to celebrate Asian American History Month? Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats shares Chinese holiday tales, activities and recipes that are great all year long. Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz and the Children's Museum of Boston take young readers on a journey that begins with Chinese New Year and ends with the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Kids learn about the Chinese zodiac, good luck characters and lion dances and can make their own shadow puppets and rabbit-in-the-moon cookies. Traditional stories help put each holiday in context. Graced by Meilo So's lively watercolors, this guide is both informative and fun. 2002, Harcourt,
School Library JournalGr 4-7-This book features five holidays: Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival, Qing Ming, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Each section begins with a one-page description of the history and customs of the festival and is followed by a four- to six-page story, from one to three recipes, and two or three crafts or games. The headings on each page appear in both English typeface and Chinese calligraphy; a guide to Chinese pronunciation is included. The ample white space surrounding the text is filled with small, whimsical watercolor illustrations. Each of the four sections is introduced by a dynamic, detailed watercolor painting on a double-page spread. They include a dragon parade complete with fireworks, kites flying above a family honoring ancestors at a grave, a dragon boat race, and preparations for a moon ceremony. A two-page resource section is divided into three parts: of interest to adults, of interest to young readers, and Internet sources. Most books for young readers about Chinese holidays stress Chinese New Year; only two others feature the full range of annual festivals. Carol Stepanchuk's Red Eggs & Dragon Boats (Pacific View, 1994) is a shorter book with a similar scope, but fewer recipes and crafts/activities. Judith Karen Gee's A Book of Chinese Festivals (Steam RR, 1989; o.p.) offers a brief description of each holiday but no recipes or other activities. Moonbeams is a useful, visually appealing addition to any holiday collection.-Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsThe authorsSimonds, who has studied and written about Chinese culture and cooking for 30 years, and Swartz, the vice-president of The Children’s Museum, Bostonhave collaborated to present a rich and eclectic collection of Chinese traditions. They’ve filled four chapters with stories, recipes, and activities: "Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival"; "Qing Ming and the Cold Foods Festival"; "The Dragon Boat Festival"; and "Mid-Autumn Moon Festival." Whether readers are preparing New Year Dumplings or Crisp-Cooked Vegetarian Noodles or learning about the Chinese Zodiac and Racing Dragons (boats), making shadow puppets or paper lanterns, they will gain an appreciation for the beautiful traditions in this culture’s history. Gorgeous watercolors complement and brighten each sampling as well as attract readers with their simple beauty and elegance. An index would have allowed users to return easily to a favorite recipe, activity, or story, but the work is well organized and worth some page-turning to find a specific selection. A guide to Chinese pronunciation and two pages of additional resources are included. No library should be without this well-designed, beautiful, and informative resource. (Nonfiction. 5 )
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- 9 - 12 Years
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