Lin Yi's Lantern

by Brenda Williams

Paperback, 2012



Call number

394.2 Wil

Call number

394.2 Wil

Local notes

394.2 Wil



Barefoot Books (2012), Paperback, 32 pages


When his mother sends him to the market to buy necessities for the upcoming festival, Lin Yi is certain his bargaining skills will get him the best prices and he will have money left over for his coveted red rabbit lantern.

Original publication date


Physical description

32 p.; 9.8 x 9.5 inches


1846867932 / 9781846867934



User reviews

LibraryThing member ebmcc
didactic like most fairy tales; includes background info on the moon festival, full bright illustations
LibraryThing member Smiler69
On the day of the Moon festival, Lin Yi is dying to get a rabbit-shaped lantern for the festivities. His mother sends him off to market to get some groceries and tells him if he manages to negotiate with the merchants properly he will have the money he needs to buy one. A cute story, and great illustrations with rich detail showing Lacombe's range. The book ends with a section showing how to make a Japanese lantern and an explanation about the Moon festival. Sweet and probably great for the 3 and up crowd. This book is available to English readers.… (more)
LibraryThing member lbradf4
A young boy learns that giving his family what he promised will help him in return because he is selfless he receives what he wanted most for the lantern festival which was a big lantern.
This book was very detailed and very cute. The pictures were beautiful with pristine colors.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Dispatched to the market to purchase the things his family needs for their annual Moon Festival picnic, young Lin Yi hopes that if he bargains hard enough, he will have enough left over to buy the red rabbit lantern that he longs for. Despite his best efforts however, when it comes time to get the final item on his list - peanuts for Uncle Hui - he realizes that he will not have enough left for what he wants himself. His generous decision to buy the peanuts is rewarded in the end, and he and his family enjoy a happy Moon Festival...

Like a number of other picture-books I have read featuring the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - The Shadow in the Moon: A Tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival and Mooncakes spring to mind in this respect - Lin Yi's Lantern: A Moon Festival Tale includes both a story set at the time of the festival and a brief retelling of a folktale associated with that festival. Here the folktale is included at the rear, along with instructions on making a Chinese Lantern and a brief discussion of market life in China. I found author Brenda Williams' tale sweet, if a bit predictable. One never gets the sense that Lin Yi will truly be denied what he wants, so the reward at the end felt less satisfying. That said, I think it will please young children, and the artwork from illustrator Benjamin Lacombe is simply lovely. Recommended to anyone looking for stories about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, of which there are still far too few.
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