The Shadow in the Moon <br><font size=2>A Tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival</font>

The Shadow in the Moon
A Tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival

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By: Christina Matula / Illustrated by: Pearl Law

A unique blend of traditional folklore and contemporary customs brings the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival to life.

Two sisters and their grandmother celebrate a popular Chinese holiday with family. Their favorite part? Mooncakes, of course--along with Ah-ma's story of the ancient Chinese tale of Hou Yi, a brave young archer, and his wife, Chang'E. A long, long time ago, Hou Yi rescued the earth from the heat of ten suns. The Immortals rewarded him with a magic potion that could let him live in the sky with them forever. But when a thief tries to steal the potion, what will Chang'E do to keep it out of dangerous hands? The sisters are mesmerized by Ah-ma's retelling and the fact that the very mooncakes they enjoy each holiday are a symbol of this legend's bravest soul.

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Christina Matula, author

Christina Matula is half Taiwanese, but raised in Canada and loves learning about her heritage through legends and festivals. She hopes her stories will spark in an interest in Chinese culture for readers of all backgrounds. The Shadow in the Moon is her first picture book. Christina now lives in Hong Kong.

Pearl Law, illustrator

Pearl Law is a budding children's book illustrator. She works with pencil, ink, gouache, and Photoshop, and is the illustrator of Clap Your Hands.

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During the Mid-Autumn Festival, a girl hears her Ah-ma tell the story of the lady whose image adorns the mooncakes. Long ago, Hou Yi the archer saved his people from the scorching heat of 10 suns, and was gifted an immortality potion. But his wife, Chang’e, swallowed the potion to prevent a thief from taking it. Realizing that she had become the Spirit and Lady in the Moon, Hou Yi honored Chang’e by presenting her favorite foods, including round cakes. One double-page spread features family members around a circular table, which emphasizes the motif of the full moon. 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. An author’s note includes a recipe for mooncakes with red bean filling.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-746-4

ISBN: 978-1-63289-563-9 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-564-6 PDF
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Ages: 5-8
Page count: 32
81/4 x 97/8

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