Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats

September 11, 2013

'Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats'. Such a fun fun book. I profiled it briefly in my Happy Chinese New Year roundup of books. At that time, I had seen it, but hadn't bought it. I went ahead and bought it, and guess what. IT'S GREAT.

What's so great about it? The art. The stories. There are fun and simple recipes. (we're going to make the moon cake cookies, which are basically molasses cookies with a vanilla glaze. I'm down with the vanilla glaze! When we make them, I'll profile it here OF COURSE. Don't you worry!) There are sweet rice balls, egg rolls, tea eggs, noodles, dumplings and other yummies.

Note from the rest of the world: we weren't worried, Melissa.

And there are little history notes! No, not boring history, cool and interesting history! No, no page after page of history, a few little paragraphs here and there of relevant facts and customs pertaining to each of the Chinese holidays profiled.

And the holidays include: Chinese New Year, Qing Ming and the Cold Foods Festival (what???), the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

AND.......there are crafts. Shadow puppets, which Julia really wants to make. Lanterns. Chinese calligraphy, pinwheels, kites, noisemakers and fragrant herb bags.

This book is PACKED with stuff. And it has great folk tales in it too! It's one of those books that really delivers, you know?

I'll be back with moon cake cookies.





10 comments:

  1. That book seems pretty awesome! But I am resisting buying yet another book! I'll have to check the library to see if they might have a copy! Can't wait to see your moon cake cookies!

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    1. Yes yes! Library!!! We must use our libraries!! :)

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  2. Oh, cool. I just put a hold on it at the library! (Yay, library!!!) I love the bright art on the bright white cover and pages. Beautiful colors.

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    1. Again, YAY Library!!!! Looooooove the colorful art in this one, oh yessee yes.

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  3. Sounds and looks awesome. I really want to expose my kiddo to different cultures.

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    1. you know what I want to get? think i've mentioned this before. a book of weird and obscure holidays from all over the world!

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  4. One book for all your reading, crafting, baking, and learning needs?!? What more could you ask for! Beautiful art of course! I love the bright colors-- in another life I was an informercial spokesperson obviously ;)

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    1. you are the DELIGHTFULLEST!!!! you really really are :)

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  5. this looks awesome!! i just reserved a copy from the library. good friends of ours moved to china so the kids have been really interested in learning more about the country, but we have to avoid all chinese restaurants (and most asian food in general) because of parker's peanut allergy so this sounds perfect. thank you!

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    1. oh goody, so glad your library has it! it's lots o' fun :)

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