Author: Deedy, Carmen Agra
One dawn the Moon hears the laughter of children waking up and she yearns to see them. But the day belongs to the Sun and he will not trade places. So the moon tempts him with stories of the stars and the two come up with a compromise that explains why the moon can sometimes be seen in the daytime.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 514255
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/21)
School Library Journal (08/01/21)
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School Library Journal - 08/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—An original porquoi tale explains the phenomenon—seeing the moon during daylight—the author calls a Children's Moon. Moon hears the sound of children and wants to learn more about these creatures she has never seen before. Children have always gone to bed before the sun sets and the moon has always been deprived of their company. Sun, a boastful and controlling sort of character, likes it that way. Not only does he enjoy shining most brightly in the sky, but he wants to be the center of the attention for the children. Only when the moon is able to communicate that there are other stars in the sky is the sun's interest piqued to the point in making a deal with the moon. Back matter adds additional information about the moon and our relationship with it. The illustrations are full of LaMarche's emotive watercolors that capture the beauty of a world where sunshine and moonlight are equally radiant. VERDICT The well-told tale works on multiple levels, useful in units on the moon and mythology, but also for an SEL discussion on identity, ego, and sharing.—John Scott, formerly Friends Sch. of Baltimore - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/01/2021 In this story, whimsically illustrated by LaMarche, the moon strongly wishes to do what the sun can do: hear and see children play during the day. But she is restricted to nighttime and requires the sun's permission to occupy the daytime sky. Cleverly, the moon begins to describe the enthralling sight of an entire universe of stars, and now the boastful sun's interest is piqued. They work together to form an eclipse, and the sun is mesmerized by the endless number of stars just like himself. In exchange, the sun grants the moon's wish to appear during the day to see the children—which is why a daytime moon is sometimes called a children's moon. Nonfiction back matter supports this fable-like tale that explores the origins of solar eclipses and the daytime moon, and thematic elements of collaboration, negotiation, envy, and friendship between different types of personalities. Both the sun and moon have deeply expressive faces in LaMarche's artwork, and the landscapes they watch over are vividly rendered. A playful introduction to two familiar celestial bodies. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.