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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Mooncakes is the lyrical story of a young girl who shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents. As they eat mooncakes, drink tea and watch the night sky together, Mama and Baba tell ancient tales of a magical tree that can never be cut down, the Jade Rabbit who came to live on the moon and one brave woman's journey to eternal life. With a g ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Orca Book Publishers
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Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the story and illustrations, but after I read the story I had to look up what the moon festival celebrated because I still didn't know. ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books About the Moon Festival and/or Chinese Folk Beliefs About the Moon
A young Asian-Canadian girl celebrates the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with her parents in this lovely picture-book from debut author Loretta Seto and veteran illustrator Renné Benoit. As the girl describes this special night, in which her Mama and Baba let her stay up late with them, watching the moon, eating mooncakes, and telling stories, three traditional Chinese folktales are worked into her narrative, in the form of tales told by her parents. The first is the tale of Chang-E, who swallowed th ...more
Jasmine Na
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Mooncakes by Loretta Seto, follows the story of a little girl who is celebrating the Moon Festival with her parents. As her family eats mooncakes, her parents share stories/folktales about the moon and those who live on the moon. This book does a great job of sharing the Chinese culture by the stories the parents tell their daughter and what the moon festival is all about. Although book itself does not have a resolution to a problem, but the Chinese folktales that are shared do. The book has ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
A very sweet book about the legends told around the Mooncakes Festival. I would have appreciated a recipe or description of the mooncakes for better visualization as I have never eaten one.
annie you
Oct 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
This was my first time reading a story about mooncakes through a lyrical lense. This story depicts a girls who is celebrating the Moon Festival with her parents and as the time moves along her parents tell her the historical fiction that of an magical true, a jade rabbit who lived on the moon, and how a women got to eternal life. This cute yet informational story is quite an realistic plot. The scenes portrayed in this story is what happens quite often in Chinese culture on this particular day. ...more
Jessica Vohwinkel
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This picturebook with its soft illustrations and nod to traditional Chinese fables provides a beautiful glimpse into the celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival. The book frames three fables within the context of a young girl and her parents celebrating the Moon Festival by sitting outside, eating moon cakes and drinking tea, and recounting stories. This framing draws readers into the intimacy and purpose of this holiday, as a family takes time to celebrate unity as they rest together. The fabl ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
this children’s picture book centered around a young girl celebrating the chinese moon festival w/ her parents. they hung paper lanterns, ate mooncakes, drank tea and talked about 3 legends of who lives on the moon and why.

my favorite was jade rabbit 💚🐰

”long ago, three moon magicians wanted to test the kindness of animals on earth. the magicians turned themselves into three poor old men and pretended to beg for food...but when the moon magicians asked rabbit, he had nothing to give. instead, ra
Michelle Ngo
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this book, Mooncakes by Loretta Seto, a little girl and her parents are celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival. As they eat traditional mooncakes, her parents tell her stories about 3 different Chinese folktales about the moon. My favorite part of this book is the accurate portrayal of the Chinese culture and holiday. I think this would be a great addition to the multicultural book section of a library because it really gives an authentic view of the culture and aspects of it including traditi ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm super medium on this book. My gripe is the flow, the book illustrates different Chinese folk tales that deal with the moon and in between each one the narration cuts back to the child with her parents. The present day bits just felt repetitive. AND as I write that sentence I realize that a child would totally be into that and only a grown up adult reader might be less than thrilled by it. This is a great book to read to kids that have been talking/ asking about the moon or for families getti ...more
Katherine Bowman
This is a great book for children to read as it teaches them about some of the folktale type stories that are told to young Chinese children during their moon day festival. The pictures in the book show a loving family and they really compliant the books story. It may be harder for new readers as the sentences are a little bit longer and the change of sense may be confusing, it is a good book for children who can already read but are not ready for full chapter books or books with a complicated p ...more
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Challenge: May 2020 2/31 books. Parents share the traditions of the Chinese Moon Festival with their child including the traditional stories about various inhabitants of the moon and how they got there as the result of good actions or misdeeds. The family circle is signified by the shape of the mooncakes, the lanterns, and the moon. Softly rendered illustrations in pencil, watercolor, and gouache reflect the pearl glow of the moon. Another wonderful gift for a child. This harvest festival is cel ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, storytime
I was reading up on the Mid-Autumn Festival since some of my ESL students celebrate it (and one of them brought me mooncakes!), and this one came up on the list. Very nice tale, although too long for storytime. I actually enjoyed the addition of the traditional tales in the body of the story. And the illustrations were lovely. Very nice.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is filled with stories that parents tell at the time of Chinese Moon Festival. The stories were nice but there wasn’t enough of an explanation of what the festival is about, or enough in the stories the parents are telling the child, to give those who don’t celebrate the Moon Festival and understanding of what it is about.
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Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
This was a cute childrens' book with very beautiful illustrations. However not knowing anything about the chinese moon festival and the traditions that are normally celebrated, I felt a little confused and left out. I still don't know about the moon festival, or how the story that the little girl is told, relates to the moon festival. But overall I enjoyed it. ...more
Gabriel Wallis
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I visited the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon recently. While there I tried mooncakes for the first time. And that's when I was introduced to Loretta Seto's Mooncakes book. What a simple, little kids book that teaches simple truths. I learned a little about Chinese culture; I learned about the Jade Emperor, Hou-Yi, and Chang-E; I learned about Wu-Gang, the selfish woodcutter; and I learned about the Jade Rabbit. Good little book. Great art. ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm using this for a lesson about family traditions. While I like the stories within the story, I wish there was only one or two. I think there ends up being too many 'moon' stories and they end up taking away from the story of the girl and her family, which was the story I liked best of them all. ...more
Ciara Madarieta
This book was very cozy, explaining the Chinese moon festival from the point of a little girl and her parents. I would use this book around that time to teach the children about the festival, some students may not know it even exists.

Genre: Childrens

Copyright: 2013
Morgan Beaty
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Traditional

Published: 2013

This was a heart-warming book about the Chinese moon festival. The family shares stories and enjoy their time together during this tradition.

I could use this in my classroom during a festival of cultures unit!
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, its so simple and cute and shows just a sliver of the amazing and magical and touching Chinese stories and folktales, traditions and beliefs. It set a scene and imagery without trying and is and was amazing
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yarc2020, food
The Moon Festival, complete with lanterns and family and tea and mooncakes and stories! There are three different short versions of stories embedded in here, about different people or animals who live on the moon. This is a really peaceful holiday story.
Denalyn Rogers
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-choice-5
Sweet story with a lot of added in bits of information on this Chinese holiday. I love how the author incorporated the stories and traditions in. Such a great way to teach children about this culture!
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
it would be good for teaching about holidays around the world
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Coming from a Chinese family, I appreciate the existence of this book. It reminds me of my family traditions and the Chinese culture that have been forgotten.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, seasonal
Has three simple, traditional stories told during the Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival, and talks about the things that families do to celebrate the festival.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Informative, adorable, and full of folk lore. What a lovely book. I particularly liked the tea pot ;).
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book is beautiful, both in illustrious and depictions of a rich family and cultural celebration.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This book has lovely illustrations, and several stories in one. It would be very nice if the recipes for mooncakes and tea were included.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It was so adorable! I even teared up for some reason, maybe it's cause I'm sick and I need something warm and fuzzy and this picture book was exactly that. ...more
Tabitha Vanover
Nice Chinese culture book.
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