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Surprise Moon

Surprise Moon Vietnamese Autumn CelebrationBy Caroline Hatton

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Review by Allison Martin

On a fall night Nick shows his friends how to celebrate the Autumn Moon festival. It's party time in Vietnam where his dad is from, explains Nick. Nick and his friends carry lanterns and enjoy themselves making plenty of noise. They cheerfully parade around the neighborhood and then out under the full moon. But the best part of all is sharing moon cakes with friends.

Caroline Hatton's colorful children's book does a wonderful job of explaining the components of the full moon ceremony. Appealing illustrations demonstrate vividly the children's enjoyment of the Autumn Moon festivities. The simple language flows along in a soothing and entertaining rhythm that is fun to read out loud. This delightful children's book imparts a very positive statement about Vietnamese culture in a warm and inclusive format.

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