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 Impossible moon
 Author: McDaniel, Breanna J.

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [38] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 623081 ISBN: 9781534478978
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Imaginary voyages -- Fiction
 Constellations -- Fiction
 Folklore -- Africa -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Sick -- Fiction
 Grandmothers -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Mable goes on an impossible quest to the moon hoping that will cure her beloved Grana, and is aided by constellations associated with African and African American history along the way. Includes brief descriptions of the constellations mentioned, and a note on the myth or history associated with each.

 Illustrator: Engel, Tonya

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/22)
   Booklist (06/01/22)

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Booklist - 06/01/2022 Mabel loves to listen to her grandmother’s stories and gaze at constellations through a telescope. But when Grana falls ill, it “seems impossible she’ll ever get better.” Mabel embarks on a dreamy mission through the night sky, fueled by her elder’s wise words: “If we can touch the moon, then what is impossible?” Mabel’s ascension is full of transformations, from bedsheets becoming wings to fear turning into courage. Engel’s exquisite oil and acrylic illustrations have rich blue, purple, and pink atmospheric backgrounds. The child’s imaginary flight to the stars is grounded in African mythology and African American history (elaborated upon in an ending author’s note). Mabel sips sky water from a drinking gourd, is aided by an archer, and is comforted and cradled in the arms of “Seven Sistahs.” In the morning, the little girl rushes to share her own stories with Grana and is heartened to find her spirits high and condition improved. This elegant, lyrical picture book is a contemplative and curative journey into a world of possibilities. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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