A Big Mooncake for Little Star

By: Grace Lin

Author’s note. Full-color gouache illustrations. Little Star and her mother make a mooncake, but it’s not time to eat it yet. In the middle of the night, Little Star wonders: will her mama notice if she takes tiny nibble?

ISBN: 9780316404488

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Mothers and daughters , Mooncakes , Moon phases , Cookies , Stars

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List, Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

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 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, School Library Journal

Horn Book

"Little Star and her mother bake a mooncake, the sweet treat associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival. The ingredients for their super-sized mooncake covered a mammoth table, because these two make their home in the night sky. No walls close them in, darkness surrounds them, and their black pajamas are covered in luminous yellow stars. Look closely "Little Star and her mother bake a mooncake, the sweet treat associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival. The ingredients for their super-sized mooncake covered a mammoth table, because these two make their home in the night sky. No walls close them in, darkness surrounds them, and their black pajamas are covered in luminous yellow stars. Look closely at their celestial kitchen to see nods to constellations (a large and small 'dipper' hang from the shelf) and even some spilled milk in the shape of the Milky Way. Little Star's mother hangs the Big Mooncake in the sky to cool, reminding her daughter not to touch it until given permission. But the girl's hunger overcomes her, and she sneaks off repeatedly during the night ('pat pat pat' go her feet) to snack on the mooncake ('Nibble, nobble...yum!), her trail of crumbs forming so many galaxies in the great inky-black sky. In one spread, we see twleve separate instances of Little Star nibbling on the mooncake as it gradually shrinks in size and shape to a thin crescent. Mama, hardly surprised, agrees to make another. It's all mesmerizing - Little Star's astral home; her outsized sense of mischief; the dwindling cake as a stand-in for the waning moon; and Lin's pleasing, soothing text, perfect for reading aloud to little moon-watcher here on Earth." -Julie Danielson, Horn Book

Book Details

ISBN

9780316404488

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Little, Brown

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Mothers and daughters, Mooncakes, Moon phases, Cookies, Stars,

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