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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

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A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin

Pat, pat, pat...

Little Star's soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake.

Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she's not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can't resist a nibble?

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Hardcover, 34 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Calista
A Cute beginning book about the moon. Why does the moon change shape each night? Is it because a mischievous little star is eating it night after night until they need to bake another one? Maybe.

I love Grace Lin’s artwork here. It’s almost all in black so the yellow of the moon pops off the page. The story is like having a dream. Grace said her idea for the story grew out of their families love of mooncakes.

The nephew liked this story and he thought it would be great to have a sugary treat that
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La Coccinelle
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is really cute and really different. It's a short, sweet (pun intended) take on an origin story about the phases of the moon. Little Star and her mother bake a Big Mooncake and the mother hangs it up in the sky and tells her daughter not to touch it. But, of course, Little Star can't sleep and thinks of nothing but going back for another nibble. Surely her mother won't notice if she just has a little bit of the Big Mooncake. But, eventually, the Big Mooncake is whittled away until it's noth ...more
Flavia
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This has got to have been the cutest and most creative way that the lunar phases have been explained to me maybe … ever! I didn’t really read the synopsis before diving into this book, so it was a very pleasant surprise for me to discover what it was that this book was trying to teach! And this is definitely a way that I’d want to explain the moon phases to my children when (I have them and) they’re very small! I would perhaps tell them that they should listen to their mother a little better tha ...more
Donalyn
Beautiful book!
Abigail
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fairy-Tale Lovers / Grace Lin Fans
Little Star and her mama bake a delicious-looking mooncake in this original pourquoi story explaining how the phases of the moon came to be. Warned not to snack, Little Star goes obediently to bed, only to wake in the darkness of the night hungry. Slowly, over time, she nibbles away at the mooncake, until it is all gone. Then she and Mama must bake a new one...

Inspired by her love of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, which she explored more explicitly in her picture-book, Thanking the Moon: Celebra
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Kathy
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This could be a fable about how the moon wanes. However, it does not explain the moon waxing. It's sweet to imagine a little girl disobeying her mother just a little bit each night but the mother seems to expect the disobedience, which feels unaddressed. I appreciate the negative space of the night sky illustrations.
Danielle
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Enchanting!
Jillian Heise
Lovely. Lin has created an original myth/origin story that enchants in both text and illustrations.
Sarah Hannah
The art is sublime--the black on black, the stars, the dust that becomes the universe....love it. Going on the shortlist for gifts for babies and kids. Better get a Caldecott too.
Deborah
Sep 18, 2018 added it
Shelves: picturebooks
Charming and child-centered, strikingly illustrated on an aptly black background (the starry yellow-on-black pajamas are brilliant, and I just love how the mooncake crumbs turn into stars). Grace Lin has a knack for inventing stories that feel like re-tellings of tales that have been handed down over generations. Classic.
Chance Lee
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-it
Cute story and mooncakes are yummy.
N
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asian, concepts, stem
This is wonderful. One of the best new books I've read in a long time.
Lisa
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-and-g
Loved this book!!! It's just beautiful and the yellow and black motif throughout is really different and pretty. I like the depiction of the moon changing shape and the monthly baking of the cake. The kid is delightful and the relationship with the mom is so sweet. It would already be five stars, but bonus points awarded for the two decorative bears at the beginning!
Dianna
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so impressed by this book. Definitely a must-read!
Jenny
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely story depicting the phases of the moon. Little Star's mom makes a delicious mooncake and asks Little Star not to eat it yet. Little Star agrees...but then at night, she gets hungry and the moon cake looks so good, so she takes a little nibble. The next night she takes another nibble. Each night, she eats a little more and as she does, the moon(cake) shrinks, until finally it is all gone. A fun way to introduce the phases of the moon. Really lovely illustrations!
Jana
This charming picture book has the flavor of a folk tale, but was created by the author to evoke the joy and love of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, her favorite Asian holiday. Using sweet, calming text and gorgeous illustrations with the yellow moon and the yellow stars on black clothing to tell the story of the cycles of the moon, this book is definitely a good one to share with young children as a bedtime story or with young readers as a read aloud. This could also be a nice mentor text to help ...more
KC
I want a mooncake!
Becky
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful story to share with kids.
Cynthia
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely and sweet picture book from Grace Lin! Bold and brilliant color palette, and comforting repetition. Like listening to a lullaby.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
a moon origin story?! Beautiful book
Elizabeth
Picture book2- Big Mooncake for Little Star was named a 2019 Caldecott Honor book. Grace Lin, assumingely writing about/for her own little star, beautifully captures a bond between a mother and daughter. Grace uses the moon, stars, and space as a general motif. This motif is highlighted in the illustration’s colors as the pages are black, the font is small and white, the mooncake is a bright yellow to represent the moon, and the crumbs that the “little star”/daughter leaves after stealing pieces ...more
Tegan
Beautiful story about the phases of the moon. I loved the illustrations.
Amy!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
GORGEOUS art. I love the way Lin uses primarily black and yellow and negative space to create really beautiful, intricate art. This is a story that feels like it should be a myth but isn't.
Jenny
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got this book at ALSC and it's one of my new favorites!
Linda
Love the stunning illustrations in this book. Tender story.
Cary Hunter
A Big Mooncake for Little Star
By: Grace Lin
A Big Mooncake for Little Star is a story about a mother and daughter who bake a giant mooncake to place in the sky. The daughter, against her mother’s wishes, continually wakes at night to sneak up into the sky and nibble at the delicious cake. She continues to devour the mooncake until there is nothing left but crumbs.
A Big Mooncake for Little Star was a 2019 Caldecott award winning book. This award is given to the illustrator in recognition of excell
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Raven Black
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very clever. And while not based in an actual myth has that feeling of Asian mythology. Amazing illustrations, the perfect anytime story but a good one for bedtime. Could be a story-time read. Might actually work to help young children to understand the phases of the moon in a story format.
Tasha
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Little Star and her mother bake a big mooncake together. When her mother palces the cake in the sky to cool, she reminds Little Star not to touch it until she is told to. Little Star agrees. Little Star gets ready for bed and falls right to sleep, but she wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about the mooncake. She only takes a tiny nibble and then runs back to bed. Night after night, Little Star eats a little bit more of the mooncake until finally all that was left was a tiny pile of tw ...more
Elizabeth
Little Star and her mom are in adorable black pajamas with yellow stars on them!

The illustrations are used to good effect -- really conveying the feel of this sweet story. Black and yellow dominate the illustrations, and the simplicity and repetition evokes soothing feelings of nighttime -- while there's also a richness to the texture of the illustrations, and lots of smart, sweet, attention to detail (be sure to check out the endpapers). Little Star (with her stuffed rabbit!) is adorable. She
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Beverly
Reviewed for Mock Caldecott Awards. What a lovely book. The background is all dark. Little Star and her mother wear black pajamas with big yellow stars throughout the story. It is just visually stunning. They make a big mooncake and Little Star is told they have to let it last for awhile because it took so long to bake. Her mother puts it up high but in the middle of the night Little Star has to go have just a few little nibbles. This happens every night and the disappearing cookie actually beco ...more
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