Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes

by Leslie Swartz

Other authorsNina Simonds (Author), Meilo So (Illustrator), The Children’s Museum (Boston) (Contributor)
Hardcover, 2002


Checked out
Due Jan 24, 2023

Call number

394.2 Swa

Call number

394.2 Swa

Local notes

394.2 Swa





HMH Books for Young Readers (2002), Edition: First edition, first printing (full number line), Hardcover, 80 pages


Presents background information, related tales, and activities for celebrating five Chinese festivals--Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, Qing Ming, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Moon Festival.

Physical description

80 p.; 11.34 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member simss
This book is about the culture of chinese and their customs and different holidays they celebrate

My personal experience is my family ans the different holidays that we celebrate and what the meaning of the holidays and why we celebrate them on the days we celebrate.

Classroom extensionns have
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students tell of different holidays that they have celbrate and name ways in why they celebrate holidays the way they do.ans compare and contrast with other students.
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LibraryThing member emilee
fun book to teach kids the fun in learning about other cultures
LibraryThing member rturba
Genre: informational/folk tale
Review: This is a great book of information on the Chinese New Year. It includes descriptions of all of the festivals and traditions that are celebrated with the New Year. Also it tells some of the old folk tales which correlate with the traditions.
LibraryThing member autumnesf
I've had this book for awhile. I picked it up after reading a recommendation. I finally sat down and read it recently. This is a really great resource if you have children you want to teach about Chinese holidays and traditions. The stories about how the holidays came about are very child friendly
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and interesting. I'm glad I bought this one and can see where it would come in handy for someone in charge of teaching about a holiday covered in the book. Fun activities and the stories are great. Recommend as a buy.
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LibraryThing member mmsharp
I read parts of this book and look forward to reading more. What a great way for children to learn about Chinese Culture. There are history lessons, activities, recipes and more.
LibraryThing member LDB2009
A interesting, helpful book filled with Chinese holidays and the stories, activities, and meals that go with them. From Chinese New Year to dragon boats and from paper lanterns to Moon Cakes, many traditional Chinese folklore and foods are shared and explained. The book is filled with detailed
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recipes and directions as well as rich, colorful illustrations.
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LibraryThing member BrennaSheridan
“Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats” by Nina Simonds is a very clever and interesting book containing stories, poems, craft projects, and recipes all pertaining to the Chinese New Year and other Chinese holidays. It is full of bright and colorful illustrations and looks like a really fun book
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for children and parents to share together.
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LibraryThing member Laura.Barta
This book gets points for covering a lot of information about holidays, especially the folk tales, crafts, and foods. Some of the information is in unwieldy chunks, so bring it out when a holiday approaches, and divide it throughout the year.
LibraryThing member vharsh1
I used the book, “Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes”, as one of my best examples for my multicultural text set. I absolutely adored this book! I enjoyed reading this book for many reasons but I will share my top two reasons I found
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this book entertaining. This book is intertwined with different recipes for traditional meals, passed down Chinese tales, and directions on how to make items seen in festivals. For example, one part of the book gives directions on how to create a paper lantern. Before the book gives directions on how to create the lanterns, the authors explain why these paper lanterns are important and how they correlate with the Chinese New Year. I also liked this book because the authors used Chinese terms to refer to a name of a traditional food. For example, tanggua, or candied melons, are made for special occasions. There are also other recipes for jiaozi (dumplings) or yuanxiao (sweet rice balls). The main idea of this book is to spread the knowledge of Chinese culture, tradition and customs through the cuisine and passed down stories.
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LibraryThing member sroeck
This book covers 5 Chinese festivals. It gives the story but also so much more. You learn about the culture of it in today's terms, you get recipes to make the accompanying food, and you get instructions for crafts or games that correspond with the festival. At the back are back of the book are
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resources aimed at both adults and children to further research as well a a beginners guide to Chinese pronounciations. The illustrations are funny throughout the book as well as help with the instructions visually in those appropriate sections.
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