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Lin Yi's Lantern

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  121 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Set in China, this story offers an opportunity to learn about Chinese customs through the accessible story of a young boy who has his heart set on buying a lantern for the festival. It includes informative notes about life in rural China and the Moon Festival, celebrated in October.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Barefoot Books (first published April 28th 2008)
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After reading Tales of the Macabre I was interested in seeing more of Benjamin Lacombe's illustrations. He's definitely a fantastic artist. This was also a cute story about a little boy who is sent to the market by his mother to get supplies for their picnic for the Moon Festival. He wants a red rabbit lantern to play with at the Moon Festival but he fears that he won't have enough money to buy everything so it's up to him to bargain and hope he'll have enough left. Very cute story for younger c ...more
Sarah Sammis
I read Lin Yi's Lantern by Brenda Williams as part of that astronomy themed book project I did. It teaches children about the Chinese Moon Festival through a story, an art project and through the myth of the moon goddess.

Lin Yi is sent to town with money to purchase supplies for the night's Moon Festival by his mother. If he has any money left over he can purchase a red lantern shaped like a bunny. He goes through the entire market buying what his mother needs but just doesn't have enough for hi
Margo Tanenbaum
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, china
This is a lovely picture book, perfect for multicultural lessons, about a young boy who is sent to the village market to get some items for his family. His mother tells him that if he bargains well, and has money left over, he may buy a red rabbit lantern for the festival. But in the end, he has enough left to either buy the lantern or the peanuts for his beloved uncle. What will he do? This sweet story is highlighted by gorgeous gouache paintings, which are imbued with the red color of the fest ...more
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale that not only describes a little bit of Chinese culture, but also depicts a young boy given a big responsibility to purchase items with the family's limited money, and making the right choices despite temptations to do otherwise. In the end, he is rewarded greatly, but we see that he makes the right choices without a hope for such a reward, and that makes it all the more special. The illustrations are terrific and very expressive. We really enjoyed reading this book toge ...more
This is the best Moon Festival story we've come across to date. The story is engaging and the illustrations are quite good. Th story emphasizes placing other's needs ahead of one's own, and dealing with disappointment at not getting something you want. In addition, following the illustrated story, it includes a story about the Moon Festival at the end, as told by Lin Yi's uncle. We read this at just over 3 1/2 but I think it could be enjoyable as a parent-read story up to age 6. The additional t ...more
Lindsay Niebuhr
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Lin visits the market to find materials and items for the night's festival she must overcome her temptations and selfish nature. Four out of five stars for being a new book for me about Asian culture.
Dena (Batch of Books)
This sweet story carries a valuable message. When Lin Yi is faced with a choice, he decides to do the right thing. The story follows Lin Yi to the market where he does the shopping for his mother. He tries very hard to bargain well, all the while keeping his eye on the red rabbit lantern that he wants to buy. He has a couple of opportunities to disobey his mother, but chooses to follow his conscience.

Lin Yi's Lantern is an interesting book on many different levels. It was fun to learn about the
Joan Gagan
This was a cute book about a boy who is sent to market to get a list of items for the Moon Festival. The boy really wants a red lantern and is told that if he bargains prices for the other items on the list, he will be able to buy a lantern. Unfortunately, the items on the list cost too much and he is unable to purchase the lantern. Luckily for him his uncle has a surprise waiting for him when he returns home a red lantern. As an adult, I saw this ending coming from a mile away, but I still enjo ...more
Vanesa Salazar
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd314, the-world
This is an incredible text that depicts the life of a small boy who lives in China who wants what any young boy could desire to play with, a beautiful lantern. However, it's an incredible story that depicts many cultural values that are really important in his culture and how he reacts to obeying them or not. One gets a taste and insight straight into Lin Yi's mind and allows us to experience all his thought process and his yearning to just do what any little boy would. It's an incredible book t ...more
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
The illustrations in this book are clear and colorful. The story is a little long, but each page has abundant imagery and ambience to hypnotize a child reading with a parent's help. The book includes a two-page "How to Make aa Chinese Lantern" section and another two additional features: a retelling of the legend of Chang-E and a short explanation about market life in China. This would be an excellent resource for children's librarians who want to create a storytime kit about China, the moon fes ...more
Salerno Christine
Lin Yi's Lantern is a beautifully illustrated book that incorporates a unique view of the moon festival. The book pushes to enlighten readers with intriguing information about Chinese culture. There is a page dedicated to the Legend of the Moon Fairy, how to make a Chinese lantern and market life in China. I appreciate the incorporation of the historical and culturally relevant information provided by the author. The book also exposes readers to some family values that are important to Chinese f ...more
I bought this book because of the illustrator, and I like to have a diverse library for the kids in my family. I like that the end of the book does a 1 page explanation of actual markets, and also at the end it shows the reader how to make a lantern. It also has a couple of pages on the legend of the moon festival. The actual story itself was boring. But the lesson is to the right thing and you will be rewarded so that is good as well.
Katie Logonauts
The luminous book tells the story of young Lin Yi who is running errands for his mother before the Moon Festival. A lovely tale of the power of thinking of others ahead of ourselves. The book also includes The Legend of the Moon Fairy, directions on making a Chinese lantern, and a note on market life in China. The only oversight is that there is no specific information about the moon festival itself.
Lisa Lathrop
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lin Yi very much wants a Red Rabbit Lantern. His mother sends him to the market for a few things to celebrate at the Moon Fesitval. The only way he can get one is if he bargains well for the groceries needed and has money left over. Brilliant illustrations take us along his journey. Will he bargain well? Will he be tempted by tasty apples? Sometimes the Moon Festival is full of surprises.
Whirl Girl
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-five, china
This was one of our two picture books about the Mid-Autumn Festival time. I loved the story of this one, about a boy who has to collect festival items at the market. The illustrations are vivid and lively, and the boy's facial expressions captured The Whirl Girl's imagination. There's a nice message about being selfless that comes organically from the story.
Lin Yi wanted a red rabbit lantern for the Moon festival,but he was a poor boy. His mother told him he could buy the red rabbit lantern with the left over money from bargaining. Lin Yi did a good job bargaining at the marketplace and there was some money left over. Well, Lin Yi faced with a dilemma: a red rabbit or Uncle Hui's peanut. What would Lin Yi choose?
Lin Yi really wants a red rabbit lantern for the moon festival, but he must bargain wisely first and buy everything on his mother's list. Lin Yi also learns about life in the Chinese market and about his Chinese heritage.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Culturally accurate. Rich and beautiful illustrations. Extra factual information at the end about Chinese outdoor markets (sorry, not the stock market! ;) ) Would be a good book to spur discussions with children about putting others needs first, sacrifice, self-denial. IBO Learner Profile: Caring,
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
beautiful pitucres , a story about a little boy who learns the value of completing a task given even to the detramit of his own desires, then finding that he gets what he wants because he is faithful
Shahar Eden
A terrific way to teach about another place in the world. Teachers can use this easy to follow book while teaching social studies or geography to smaller grades and it is a great resource to learn about the small rural places in China.
luipio tan
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this children book, got my attention. its a educational book/story of a child who loved his uncle and his favorite lantern.
Predictable storyline, but cute.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story. Look forward to more books by the illustrator.
Lin Yi resists temptation all the way through the market, getting just what his mother asks for, for the Moon Festival, and is rewarded in the end for his good choices. Lovely illustrations.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
En kort och söt bok med fina illustrationer.

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Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous artwork.
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
A story about a boy bargaining in the market for supplies for the upcoming moon festival...with info about Chinese markets, legend of the moon fairy and instructions on making your own lantern.
This story is wonderfully written and gives a child a beautiful view into an ancient celebration.
Morbus Iff
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-kids
Wasn't really impressed. Nice artwork, but the story was a little flat.
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