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 City moon
 Author: Cole, Rachael

 Publisher:  Schwartz & Wade Books (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 229349 ISBN: 9780553497076
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Questions and answers -- Fiction
 Bedtime -- Fiction
 Moon -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

As they take a nighttime walk around their neighborhood looking for the elusive moon, a little boy asks his mother simple questions about it, and she patiently answers every one.

 Illustrator: Gomez, Blanca

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/15/17)
   School Library Journal (09/01/17)
   Booklist (09/15/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/17)
 The Hornbook (00/11/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2017 PreS—On a fall evening after dinner, a mother and son put their coats on over pajamas and head out into their city neighborhood in search of the moon. A game of hide-and-seek ensues with the moon dipping behind clouds and tall buildings. "We crane our necks up to the sky, but it's hiding. Where is it? Oh…there it is! The moon! We stop and look, but as we walk, it hides again." The two continue on their walk with the sights and sound of the city as a backdrop. The moon is spotted a couple of times before finally reaching home. "I climb into bed and see the moon. 'Can we keep the curtain open?' Mama says yes, and whispers good night." The text is spare yet effective. Gómez's full-spread illustrations are gorgeous and set the tone with a soft, muted palette. Children will love poring over all the details in the cityscapes—the people and animals on the street and inside the lit-up apartments as mother and son stroll through the community. While the mother and son are red-haired and white, there is a diverse array of people in the background. VERDICT A quiet, soothing bedtime offering that works as a small group read-aloud and one-on-one. An additional purchase for most collections.—Megan Kilgallen, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 09/15/2017 After dinner, a mother and her little boy, clad in his pajamas, coat, and shoes, walk through their city neighborhood, looking for the moon. The sky is dark, but suddenly, there’s the moon! The boy asks about the dots in the sky (stars) and the light in the puddle (the moon’s reflection). As they walk past buildings, the moon comes into sight for a while before disappearing behind a cloud. They go home, where Mama tucks the boy into bed in a room softly lit by moonlight. This quiet picture-book text offers just enough story, just enough realistic details, and just enough surprise to capture and hold a young child’s interest. The handsome digital artwork includes different people, dogs, cars, shops, and even a library for observant kids to notice. Varied buildings give structure to the street scenes created with subtle shades of dark colors, occasionally lightened by the soft glow of a lamp or the moon. The tone of both the words and pictures make this a calm, reassuring choice for bedtime reading. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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