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Mooncakes, by Loretta Seto and illustrated by Renne Benoit. Published by Orca Book Publishers.

Mooncakes, by Loretta Seto and illustrated by Renne Benoit. Published by Orca Book Publishers.

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  • 1. mooncakesL oretta Seto is a fiction writer, Loretta Setoscreenwriter and playwright who hasbeen published in Ricepaper magazine mooncakesand the anthology Strike the Wok.Loretta completed her mfa in creativewriting at UBC. Mooncakes is her firstchildren’s book. She lives in Vancouver,British Columbia. For more information, Tonight the moon shines like a polishedplease visit www.lorettaseto.com. pearl, round and fat. It glows bigger and ut opy ut opy brighter than I have ever seen.R enné Benoit is an award-winning Tonight is a special night. n n rib C rib C Renné Benoit io Tonight I am allowed to stay up late. io Loretta Seto st ng st ngillustrator of many books for children, Soon there will be mooncakes to eat, illustrated byincluding Goodbye to Griffith Street sweet and chewy. They are round like di adi di adi D iscover the magical celebration(Orca), which won the Christie Harris the moon. They make a circle for me andIllustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Mama and Baba. They make a circle or Re or Re hIn 2012, Big City Bees (Greystone) was for my family. of the Chinese Moon Festival. t f ce t f ceshortlisted for the Governor General’s andLiterary Award in the Children’s n o va n n o va n Renné BenoitLiterature Illustration category. Rennécurrently works out of her home studio Ad Mooncakes is the lyrical story of a Adin St. Thomas, Ontario. 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, Jade $19.95 Rabbit who came to live on the moon and one brave woman’s journey to eternal life. cov er a rt wor k by r en n é benoit jack e t design by t er esa bu bel a pr in t ed in c a na da
  • 2. mooncakesL oretta Seto is a fiction writer, Loretta Setoscreenwriter and playwright who hasbeen published in Ricepaper magazine mooncakesand the anthology Strike the Wok.Loretta completed her mfa in creativewriting at UBC. Mooncakes is her firstchildren’s book. She lives in Vancouver,British Columbia. For more information, Tonight the moon shines like a polishedplease visit www.lorettaseto.com. pearl, round and fat. It glows bigger and ut opy ut opy brighter than I have ever seen.R enné Benoit is an award-winning Tonight is a special night. n n rib C rib C Renné Benoit io Tonight I am allowed to stay up late. io Loretta Seto st ng st ngillustrator of many books for children, Soon there will be mooncakes to eat, illustrated byincluding Goodbye to Griffith Street sweet and chewy. They are round like di adi di adi D iscover the magical celebration(Orca), which won the Christie Harris the moon. They make a circle for me andIllustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Mama and Baba. They make a circle or Re or Re hIn 2012, Big City Bees (Greystone) was for my family. of the Chinese Moon Festival. t f ce t f ceshortlisted for the Governor General’s andLiterary Award in the Children’s n o va n n o va n Renné BenoitLiterature Illustration category. Rennécurrently works out of her home studio Ad Mooncakes is the lyrical story of a Adin St. Thomas, Ontario. 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, Jade $19.95 Rabbit who came to live on the moon and one brave woman’s journey to eternal life. cov er a rt wor k by r en n é benoit jack e t design by t er esa bu bel a pr in t ed in c a na da
  • 3. Adn o va n t f ce or Re di adi st ng rib C ut opy io n mooncakes
  • 4. Adno nva t f ce or Re di adi st ng rib C ut opy io n
  • 5. mooncakes ut opy n rib C io st ng Loretta Seto di adi or Re Renné Benoit t f ce illustrated by n o va n Ad
  • 6. Text copyright © 2013 Loretta Seto Illustrations copyright © 2013 Renné Benoit All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher. Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Seto, Loretta, 1976- Mooncakes / Loretta Seto ; illustrated by Renné Benoit. Issued also in electronic format. isbn 978-1-4598-0107-3 ut opy I. Benoit, Renné  II. Title. n ps8637.e865m66 2013         jc813’.6        c2012-907458-6 rib C io First published in the United States, 2013 st ng Library of Congress Control Number: 2012952944 di adi Summary: A young girl shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents, who tell her ancient tales about Chang-E, the woman who lives on the moon; Wu-Gang, the woodcutter; and Jade Rabbit. or Re t f ce Orca Book Publishers is dedicated to preserving the environment and has printed this book no n on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council ®. vaOrca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: Ad the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Cover and interior artwork created using watercolor, colored pencil and gouache. Cover artwork by Renné Benoit Design by Teresa Bubela orca book publishers orca book publishers po Box 5626, Stn. B po Box 468 Victoria, bc Canada Custer, wa usa v8r 6s4 98240-0468 www.orcabook.com Printed and bound in Canada. 16 15 14 13 • 4 3 2 1
  • 7. ut opy n rib C io st ng For my parents, Gaye and Barry Seto di adi —LS or Re For my family t f ce —RBn o va n Ad
  • 8. T ut opy rib C io n st ng onight the moon shines like a di adi polished pearl, round and fat. It glows bigger and brighter or Rethan I have ever seen. t f ce no nva Ad
  • 9. Adn o va n t f ce or Re di adi st ng rib C ut opy io n
  • 10. Ad no nva t f ce or Re di adi st ng rib C ut opyTonight is a special night. io n
  • 11. Tonight I am allowed to stay up late.Soon there will be mooncakes to eat,sweet and chewy. They are round likethe moon. They make a circle for meand Mama and Baba. They make a circle ut opyfor my family. n rib C io st ng di adi or Re t f cen o va n Ad
  • 12. Adno nva t f ce or Re di adi st ng rib C ut opy io n
  • 13. ut opy n rib C io st ng di adi Outside, we light paper lanterns. or Re I made one all by myself, using my favorite colors. The lanterns and stars t f ce light up the sky. The moon makesn o va n everything shine like silver and water. Ad
  • 14. Adno nva t f ce or Re di adi st ng rib C ut opy io n
  • 15. ut opy n rib C io In our backyard, we sit together in a big chair. st ngWe watch small, dusty clouds brush the moon’s di adiface. The wind shakes the leaves. Husshh, husshh.Baba pulls the blanket close. or Re t f ce n o va n Ad
  • 16. Mama and Baba tell me about Chang-E, the woman who lives on the moon. h io y ut Cop Long ago, the world had ten suns in the n rib g sky, and it became too hot and dry. st in The Jade Emperor asked his most di ad skilled archer, Hou-Yi, to help. Reno nce or tf vaAd
  • 17. Hou-Yi aimed high and far. He shot down nine ofthe suns, and the world became safe again. As a reward, Hou-Yi wanted the elixir of eternallife. But Hou-Yi was not a good man. He was cruel ut opyand wanted to live forever so that he could rule the npeople of China. rib C io Since Hou-Yi had saved the world from becoming st nga desert, the Jade Emperor had no choice but to di adigrant Hou-Yi his wish. or Re t f ce n o va n Ad
  • 18. ut opy n rib C io st ng di adi or Re t f ce no nva Hou-Yi’s wife, Chang-E, knew of her husband’s Adunkind ways. She took the elixir from Hou-Yi andran away. Hou-Yi chased Chang-E across the land, overrivers, valleys and mountains, until the harvestmoon rose high above them. Finally, with Hou-Yi at her back, Chang-E drankthe elixir to escape and was lifted up to the moon,where she lives in the Jade Palace now and forever.
  • 19. I look for Chang-E and the Jade Palace onthe moon, but I don’t see them. “Maybe theyare on the other side,” I say. ut opy Mama and Baba smile and pull me close nso I will stay warm. rib C io st ng di adi or Re t f ce n o va n Ad
  • 20. “Time for mooncakes,” Mama says. We havemini ones and medium ones, but we share abig one. It tastes better when we eat it together. ut opy Mama and Baba tell me about Wu-Gang,the woodcutter. He also lives on the moon. n rib C io st ng di adi or Re t f ce no nva Ad
  • 21. ut opy n rib C io st ng di adi h or Re t f ceLong ago, a selfish woodcutter, Wu-Gang, wished n o va nto learn the secret of eternal life. He came upon an Adold hermit, who promised to teach him. In return,Wu-Gang would have to do exactly as the hermit said. Eager to live forever, Wu-Gang agreed.
  • 22. Adno nva t f ce or Re di adi st ng rib C ut opy io n
  • 23. But Wu-Gang was a lazy man. Each time the hermitasked Wu-Gang to complete a task, Wu-Gang wouldgrow bored or tired and take a nap. Angry, the hermitrevealed his true identity—the Jade Emperor. ut opy Wu-Gang was scared. He begged for one last chance. n The Emperor took Wu-Gang to the Jade Palace’s rib C iogarden on the moon. There stood a large cassia tree. st ngTo live forever, Wu-Gang would have to chop it down. di adi The Emperor warned Wu-Gang that if he stopped or Reworking, even for a moment, he would wither awayand die. t f ce n o va n Ad
  • 24. ut opy n rib C io st ng di adi or Re t f ce Wu-Gang laughed at this simple job. He was a no nvawoodcutter, after all. But with each blow of his axe,the tree healed itself as though it had never been Adstruck. Wu-Gang chopped and chopped, but the treewould not fall. To this day, Wu-Gang is on the moon, still choppingand filling the air with the scent of cinnamon fromthe freshly cut cassia tree.
  • 25. I look for Wu-Gang and the tree on the moon.But I don’t see them. “I think I smell cinnamon,”I say. Mama and Baba smile, and Mama tweaksmy nose. ut opy n rib C io st ng di adi or Re t f ce n o va n Ad
  • 26. ut opy n rib C io st ng di adi or Re t f ce no nva Ad “Time for tea,” Baba says. He pours hot,steaming tea for us to drink. Mooncakes and teaare better than mooncakes alone. Mama and Baba tell me about Jade Rabbit.Jade Rabbit lives on the moon too.
  • 27. hLong ago, three moon magicians wanted to test thegoodness of the animals on earth. The magicians turnedthemselves into three poor old men and pretended tobeg for food. When they asked Fox, he gave them red berriesfrom his den. When they asked Monkey, she gave them ut opyguavas pulled down from her tree. But when the moon nmagicians asked Rabbit, he had nothing to give. rib C io Instead, Rabbit offered himself to the magiciansfor them to eat. st ng di adi or Re t f ce n o va n Ad
  • 28. ut opy n rib C io st ng di adi or Re The three moon magicians were so amazed t f ceby Rabbit’s kindness, they brought him back to no nthe moon to live with them. va Rabbit became known as Jade Rabbit, and he Adstill lives on the moon and brings food to thoseon earth who need it.
  • 29. I look for Jade Rabbit on the moon, but I don’tsee him. “Does Jade Rabbit bring us mooncakesand tea too?” I ask, yawning. Mama and Baba smile and press their cheeks ut opyagainst mine. n rib C io st ng di adi or Re t f ce n o va n Ad
  • 30. Adno nva t f ce or Re di adi st ng rib C ut opy io n
  • 31. Eating mooncakes and lighting paper lanterns.Watching the round pearl moon and winking stars.Looking for Chang-E, Wu-Gang and Jade Rabbit. ut opyThis is my Moon Festival. I can see Mama and nBaba and me in the circle of the moon. rib C io It’s late. Mama and Baba say it’s time to sleep. st ngThey hug me close. I blow out my lantern, and the di adismoke curls up to the sky. or Re “Thank you,” I say to the moon before I go inside. t f ce n o va n Ad
  • 32. Adno nva t f ce or Re di adi st ng rib C ut opy io n
  • 33. ut opy n rib C io st ng di adi or Re t f ce n o va n Ad From my bedroom window, the moonwatches over me. In my bed, I close my eyesand dream.
  • 34. Author’s NoteThe Chinese Moon Festival falls on the fifteenth dayof the eighth month of the lunar calendar. Traditionally, ut opyit is a time for families to come together and give thanksfor the harvest and family unity. Even relatives who are n rib C iounable to be with their families can look up at the dark st ngsky and know that their loved ones are watching the di adisame moon. or Re t f ce no nva Ad

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