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|Big mooncake for Little Star|
Author: Lin, Grace
Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 195918
Caldecott Honor, 2019
Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/18)
School Library Journal (+) (07/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/07/18)
The Hornbook (+) (00/07/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/01/2018 Against the backdrop of a black sky, Mama and Little Star bake a giant mooncake. But as she puts the cake out to cool, Mama admonishes her daughter not to touch it. And she doesn’t—until she wakes up in the night. Then, it’s “pat, pat, pat” over to the mooncake, where she nibbles just a bit. Each night, there’s more nibbling, causing the mooncake to change shape, until it’s just a crescent. That’s when Mama sees what’s happened, but she isn’t mad. It’s just time to make another mooncake. Although the story is slight (and there’s no direct aligning of the mooncake with the stages of the moon, either in text or note), the gouache illustrations are excellent. Mother and daughter, both dressed in star-covered black jumpsuits that add bits of light to inky backgrounds, are intriguing characters who come alive through facial expressions. Little Star’s impish looks are worth the price of admission. This has no roots in Chinese mythology, Lin says, but she associates it with Asian moon festivals. A complementary read for those holidays. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1—Little Star's mother admonishes her not to eat the giant mooncake, which she left cooling in the night sky, but Little Star has her own ideas. Little Star makes a mischievous choice. "Yum!" Each night, she wakes from her bed in the sky and nibbles from the giant mooncake. "'Little Star!' her mama said, shaking her head even though her mouth was curving. 'You ate the big mooncake again, didn't you?'?" Rather than scolding, Mama responds with a kind offer to bake a new mooncake. Observant eyes will recognize that the final pages showing Little Star and her mama baking a new mooncake are a repeat of the front papers—a purposeful hint that the ritual is repeated monthly as Little Star causes the phases of the moon. Artwork is gouache on watercolor paper. Each page has a glossy black background and small white font. Little Star and her mother have gentle countenances twinkling with merriment. Both wear star-studded black pajamas that are distinguishable from the inky sky only by their yellow stars and the occasional patch of Little Star's exposed tummy. The cherubic Little Star floats through the darkness, her mooncake crumbs leaving a trail of stardust in the sky. VERDICT The relationship between Little Star and her mother offers a message of empowerment and reassurance. Lin's loving homage to the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is sure to become a bedtime favorite.—Lisa Taylor, Florida State College, Jacksonville - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.