December 2010

Round is a Mooncake

Roseanne Thong has become a favorite author in our household. Her book about shapes, Round is a Mooncake, is a gorgeous picture book that serves to introduce young children to both Chinese culture as well as shapes found in everyday life.

The artwork is very simple and fun to look at—particularly when it comes to concepts like lucky money or dim sum that kids may not be very familiar with, if at all. I also like how classic Chinese elements, such as lanterns, are used as well as modern day items like cell phones. This helps dispel the myth that China is so different from America, and lets children know that Chinese daddies use the same technology their daddies uses, for example.