A kids' text, no matter how nice and photogenic, has a a linear feel to it.
The first impression I had after several readings of this book was that it
flowed from the storybook like descriptions of the festivals, but did not
halt suddenly for the science explanations. I think to gather kids who like
one but not the other (storybooks or science) this is a good crossover book.
As a reader I liked the nostalgic illustrations. As a person who teaches and
tutors second language learners, I liked the compreshensible text with vocabulary not too difficult and not overly simplified for the ESL,ELL and
EFL 'world'. I especially liked the easy to understand instructions for
experiments and the recipe.
Homeschoolers and tutors should find the in-book lesson plan ideas and
festival follow ups very clear and inviting to use the book as a teaching
As a long time resident of Japan, I had an instant memory clip of the
fascination I had for moon viewing. The very early royals built moon
viewing rooms in their palaces and even today their are moon viewing
excursions for the sentimal. In that ever festivaling country, the
lantern and moonviewing celebrations are of the most evocative.
For children rasised in the city, this is a good introduction to how food
is harvested and celebrated around the world.
For parents interested in interesting ways to present diversity, it is
deligtful. I would recommend it without hesitation.