Moon Festival
Early autumn brings Moon Festival, a holiday celebrated annually by Chinese in their homeland and abroad. Families gather for a special meal, and worship tables are spread with candles, incense, and delicacies such as moon cakes and taro. Children parade and dance, carrying colorful paper lanterns. And the beautiful goddess, Chang O, who lives in the palace of the moon, sends down her blessings. In this poignant, autobiographical story, one child wishes to Chang O that she will some day be reunited with her parents, who live far away. Stunning and dramatic oil paintings by Christopher Zhang -- in his picture book debut -- portray the families gathered for worship, children dancing in the streets, and one child's dream. An evocative collaboration of pictures and text that captures the joy of an important Chinese holiday.
A 1998 Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award Recipient