Alicia Salazar

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Have you ever wondered why the moon has phases?

The Picture Book of the Week is A Big Mooncake for Little Star, written and illustrated by Grace Lin.

About the Book:

In this loving, joyful explanation for why the moon has phases, Grace Lin tells the story of Little Star. Little Star’s mother bakes a mooncake and lays it in the night sky to cool. Mama asks Little Star not to eat it until she tells her she can. Little Star agrees, but when she wakes up in the middle of the night with the nibbles, she doesn’t keep her promise. Every night she nibbles a little bit more until…

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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Writing Exercise:

A Big Mooncake for Little Star combines a mother-daughter story, a Moon Festival tradition, and a moon origin story all in one. Write an origin story for something mysterious in your life — a star, a blade of grass, an animal. It can have cultural significance, but it doesn’t have to. Let your imagination fly.

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Happy Writing!

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