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"I wrote Surprise Moon to show children all about the Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Tet Trung Thu), its lanterns, parades, moon cakes, and family fun."
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival:
Book Description:Nick shows his friends how to celebrate the Vietnamese Autumn Moon Festival, Tet Trung Thu. They're in for a delicious surprise when they share moon cakes!
Level: Guided Reading Level I
Paperback, 16 pages, 211 words + Note
Surprise Moon is one of 22 titles in Bebop Books' Teachers College Alternative Reading Assessment Kit for Grades K-2, along with running records, student profiles, teacher scripts and tips, and assessment charts.
"It's party time!" said Nick.
"Is it your birthday?" asked Pam.
"No," said Nick. "It's the Autumn Moon Festival."
"What's that?" asked Bob.
"It's a holiday in Vietnam, where my dad is from," said Nick.
"We can carry lanterns in a parade," said Nick.
"I want the red car," said Pam.
"I want the blue fish," said Nick.
"I don't want the pink butterfly," said Bob.
Common Core Standards Alignment:
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Activity:Have a Moon Festival Parade for Tet Trung Thu!
Have the children wear Vietnamese conical hats, carry either a paper lantern or a noisemaker, and walk to Vietnamese music (links below).
Look for inexpensive Vietnamese conical hats, small paper lanterns, and (in the fall) moon cakes at Asian markets. Although lanterns are usually carried at the end of a stick, it might be safer to forget the sticks.
You can make a toy paper lantern from a colored paper rectangle (8.5 x 5.5) and a piece of string. Bring together the two short sides of the paper to form a cylinder. Tape in place. Tape the two ends of the piece of string to the opposite sides of the cylinder, at the top. Carry your "lantern" by the string.
Children can make a toy tambourine by decorating an aluminum foil dish with stickers, or they can make noise by clapping.
Vietnamese music for your parade:
Click here or here for music samples that play again and again.
Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
written and illustrated by Grace Lin
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010
A Chinese-American family celebrates the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with a moonlit picnic with moon cakes and lanterns. Then everyone sends thanks and a secret wish up to the moon.
by Ching Yeung Russell, illustrated by Christopher Zhong-Yuan Zhang
Boyds Mills Press, 2002
This story of children celebrating the traditional autumn Moon Festival is based on the author's memories of her childhood in China.
The Moon Lady
By Amy Tan, illustrated by Gretchen Schields
A Chinese grandmother tells her three granddaughters a tale of childhood adventure and learning on the evening of the autumn Moon Festival.
Sam and the Lucky Money
by Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright, Ying-Hwa Hu
Lee and Low Books, 1997
A Chinese New Year story.
(The Chinese lunar calendar is also used by the Vietnamese, who celebrate the Vietnamese New Year or Tet.)
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