A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

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Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cake and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316404488
0316404489
Branch Call Number: E LIN
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm

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PreS-Gr 1–A child and her mother bake a Big Mooncake and place it in the night sky to cool. Little Star can’t help but nibble away at it night after night until it is completely gone. Lin’s luminous gouache painting set the perfect tone for this sweet, lilting bedtime story that showcases the pha... Read More »


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forbesrachel Feb 22, 2019

Up in the black night sky sits a Big Mooncake which Little Star's mama made. At a warning, the little girl in her star pajamas is told to not eat it. But who could resist such a scrumptious looking delight sitting there in its golden glory. So Little Star takes a bite before scampering off with her rabbit. This continues night after night because she reasons that there is no evidence. However, both the diminishing moon, and a trail of yellow crumbs sparkling in the dark point mama right to Little Star. Is this mother upset? No, she just takes her impish child in hand, and says lets make another. A Big Cake for Little Star is not only an adorably sweet portrayal of the relationship between mother and daughter, but it is also a delightfully whimsical explanation for the moon's phases. Because of its solid black backgrounds, the yellow and tans from the illustrations, and the white text sit out in a striking manner. The composition of the each page lends itself so well to the storytelling experience that it is also worth noting. It is most deserving of the Caldecott Honor award.

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leslie_d_
Nov 27, 2018

A Big Mooncake for Little Star offers so many things to delight in. I love how the girls black pajamas are seamless with the black background (sky). There is an inviting refrain that has that right touch of playful mischief. I can practically hear her flight as she races back to bed, crumbs trailing behind her, or the patter as she gets out of bed, (expressive) bunny in tow.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star is an experience in quiet joy, love, and beauty. It’s so good. Don’t wait for bedtime, and you’ll probably want to read it with cake.

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