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Children's Fiction Asian

Mooncakes Read-Along

by (author) Loretta Seto

illustrated by Renné Benoit

read by Priscilla Holbrook

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Asian, General, General
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
    List Price

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The lyrical story of a young girl who shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents.

As they eat mooncakes, drink tea and watch the night sky together, Mama and Baba tell ancient tales of a magical tree that can never be cut down, the Jade Rabbit who came to live on the moon and one brave woman's journey to eternal life. With a gentle focus on the importance of family, Mooncakes is both a perfect book for parent and child to read together and an ideal choice for schools and libraries.

About the authors

Loretta Seto is a fiction and screenwriter, as well as a playwright. She has been published in Ricepapermagazine and the anthology Strike the Wok. Loretta completed her MFA in creative writing at UBCand is excited by the challenges she faces writing in different genres. Mooncakes is her first children'sbook. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit

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Renné Benoit is living her childhood dream of being an artist. Trained in graphic design, she is the award-winning illustrator of more than 15 books for children. Her awards include the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for Children's Literature for Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion; the OLA Silver Birch Express Award for The Secret of the Village Fool; and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for both Fraser Bear and Goodbye to Griffith Street. The latter was also nominated for the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Award. Big City Bees was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, and A Year of Borrowed Men was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, among others. Renné lives in St. Thomas, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

"A cozy family story rooted in tradition."


"This quiet gem will make an effective read-aloud to introduce the Moon Festival and Chinese culture."

School Library Journal

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