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Surprise Moon



"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."


Surprise Moon/Luna Sorpresa

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival:

Sept. 8, 2014
Sept. 27, 2015
Sept. 15, 2016
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

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For Teachers: Common Core Standards Alignment and more
Illustrator Felicia Hoshino

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
Intervention: 16
DRA: 16
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.

Sample Pages:


Surprise Moon interior spread

"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.

Surprise Moon by Caroline Hatton

"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.

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Click here: http://www.leeandlow.com/books/277/pb/surprise_moon

For Teachers:


Common Core Standards Alignment:
See below or click here for PDF version.
GRADE 1 Standard Alignment/Text Features:
  • Literature; Key Ideas and Details; 1 (ex: In the story, what happened first? Second? Third? Last? How do you know? What was the book mostly about?)
  • Literature; Key Ideas and Details; 3 (ex: Where did the story take place? How do you know? Who were the characters in the story? What makes you think that? What was happening in the story? How did the story end? How do you know?),
  • Literature; Craft and Structure; 6
  • Literature; Integration of Knowledge and Ideas; 7(ex: Turn to pages 4-5. How does the illustrator help you understand the tricky words on page 4? What clues does the illustrator give you?)
  • Literature; Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity; 10
  • Foundational Skills; Print concepts; 1 a
  • Foundational Skills; Phonological Awareness; 2 a-d
  • Foundational Skills; Phonics and Word Recognition; 3 a-f (it's, said, is, it, your, asked, no, the, what's, that, a, where, my, dad, from, we, can, in, I, want, red, blue, don't, you, make, with, big, off, they, went, down, came, out, of, their, houses, yes, this, not, best, was, very, than, all, mom, her, their, inside)
  • Foundational Skills; Fluency; 4 a-c
  • Language Standards; Vocabulary Acquisition and Use; 6

GRADE 2 Standard Alignment/Text Features:
  • Literature; Key Ideas and Details; 1 (ex: Where did the story take place? How do you know? Who were the characters in the story? What makes you think that? What was happening in the story? What special holiday was the story about? What did you learn about that holiday? How did the story end? How do you know?),
  • Literature; Key Ideas and Details; 2(ex: What happened first in the story? Next? Then? Last? What was the book mostly about? How do you know?)
  • Literature; Craft and Structure; 4
  • Literature; Craft and Structure; 5 (ex: How did the author choose to begin the story? What were the children doing? How did they feel about it? What happened in the middle of the story? How did the author choose to end the story? How did the author choose to end the book? Use details from the text to support your answer.)
  • Literature; Craft and Structure; 6 (ex: How do you think the children felt at the beginning of the story? In the middle? At the end? What about Nick’s parents? How are they feeling? How do you think the author feels about the Autumn Moon Festival? What makes you think that?)
  • Literature; Integration of Knowledge and Ideas; 7 (ex: Turn to pages 2-3. How does the illustrator help us figure out the following: who are the characters? How are they feeling? What are they doing? What are they going to do next?)
  • Literature; Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity; 10
  • Foundational Skills; Phonics and Word Recognition; 3 a-f
  • Foundational Skills; Fluency; 4 a-c
  • Language Standards; Vocabulary Acquisition and Use; 6

Lesson Plan:
Click here.

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.

Further reading:

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.

Moon Festival
by Ching Yeung Russell, illustrated by Christopher Zhong-Yuan Zhang
Picture Book
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
Picture Book
Aladdin, 1995
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
Picture book
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.)

Search your library catalog for children's books about world (or cultural) holidays (or celebrations).

Illustrator Felicia Hoshino:

Illustrator Felisia HoshinoFelicia Hoshino was born in San Francisco, California. A graduate of the California College of the Arts, she is a full-time illustrator and graphic designer. As a child, she enjoyed celebrating customs of her own Japanese heritage, including making gyoza, Japanese dumplings, with her mother. See more of Felicia's pictures at: www.felishino.com





Caroline Hatton, author of Surprise Moon

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