Join two sisters as they listen to their grandmother tell the tale of the origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Hou Yi, a brave archer, saves the world from drought and is given a magic potion for his deeds. Chang’e, his wife, courageously protects the potion from a thief and is transformed into the Lady in the Moon. This is a tale of sweethearts, mooncakes, and how the Mid-Autumn Festival came to be.
Verdict: A good introduction to the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese culture, perfect for classroom use or one-on-one reading.
The cartoonlike illustrations are reminiscent of Tomie dePaola, with warm reds and yellows effectively used to depict the heat of the 10 suns, while cool greens and blues show the earth’s relief under only one sun. Useful for introducing a significant festival celebrated in Chinese and other East Asian cultures.
Christina Matula is a Canadian author currently living in Hong Kong. Being a child of immigrant parents (from Taiwan and Hungary), she has always been curious about other cultures and far off places. She also loves learning about how families retain some of their culture and heritage when they move to a new country. Moving to Hong Kong gave Christina the chance to explore her Chinese cultural roots (amazing food, fascinating festivals) and learn some Mandarin (constant uphill climb). She loves sharing stories that will spark an interest in and passion for Chinese culture in young readers. The Shadow in the Moon is her first picture book.
Pearl Law is an illustrator, zine-maker, comic artist and visual recorder. Hong Kong born and raised, she graduated from University of the West of England with a degree in Illustration. She loves to play around with visual wit and exploring the best narrative possible through problem-solving, solid line work and nice bold colours. Much of her work takes inspiration from humour, literature, history, and behavioural observations. Much of her work is editorial illustration, and she enjoys working on her own zines whenever she has the time. Her clients include South China Morning Post, Google, Uniqlo Japan, Ogilvy &amp;amp; Mather Hong Kong, and many more.
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