There it sits, smelling quite delicious.
Little Star tells her mama she'll wait until it's time to eat it, but then...after falling asleep, she forgets about waiting. She throws off her bed covers, pats her soft feet toward the Big Mooncake and begins to nibble-nibble-nibbles at its edges.
Little mooncake crumbs fall into the darkness and sparkle there like stars.
Night after night, Little Star nibbles, and with each nibble the mooncake wanes like the phases of the moon.
Pat, pat, pat.
Little Star's soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake.
Would her mama notice if she took a tiny nibble?
A 2019 Caldecott winner, A Big Mooncake for Little Star is a timeless story written and illustrated by Grace Lin and published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers. It is a nod (with a multi-cultural flair) to the beloved book Blueberries for Sal, written and illustrated by Robert McClowskey, published in 1948, also a Caldecott medalist. The sparse yet beautiful text and striking illustrations both make A Big Mooncake for Little Star glow. And it certainly proves true the writing adage "less is more."
Kids, ages 4-7, will delight in having this book read to them. And with a Lexile measure of 430, emergent readers will enjoy reading it by themselves. This book is sure to find a special place in the hearts of all little ones who've had to resist the too-soon nibbling of blueberries in pails or mooncakes glowing warm and smelling delicious in the nightsky.