CHINESE CULTURE FOR KIDS: LIN YI’S LANTERN
How are you? Sorry for the long radio silence, but we were busy travelling to Scandinavia these last weeks. I cannot believe that my kids will be starting school next week and summer will soon be over… Today I wanted to recommend you this fascinating book that I bought some months ago: Lin Yi’s Lantern: A Moon Festival Tale.
As you might now, both my two sons learn Mandarin and I am always looking for great children’s books about the Chinese culture. This is one of our favorites! If you are looking for Chinese cultural books to add to your homeschool, library, or classroom shelves, this is one you really should consider!
Lin Yi’s Lantern is a touching story that includes educational notes at the end of the book about the Chinese Moon Festival, life in rural China and Chinese markets, the legend of the moon fairy and even step-by-step instructions for creating with your kids a paper lantern.
Written by Brenda Williams, illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe and edited by Barefoot Books, Lin Yi’s Lantern is a lovely picture book, with an engaging story of a young Chinese boy, Lin Yi, and an important lesson he learned during the Moon Festival time. “Lin Yi Wants nothing more than a red rabbit lantern for the Moon Festival. But he knows that first he must buy the things his mother needs. Will he bargain well enough to have money left over for the lantern?”
I love this book! It is a book to treasure and really interesting on many different levels: it is a sweet story about the Chinese holiday, it also carries a valuable and universal message (when Lin Yi is faced with a choice, he decides to do the right thing) and the artwork by Brenda Williams is simply amazing!