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When the Moon Comes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the Moon Comes 
by Paul Harbridge, illustrated by Matt James
Tundra Books, 2017

A richly written story of how Canada’s inhospitably freezing winter sets in and how hockey brings life to the cold.

Cast in a magical glow, a village of children anticipate the upcoming winter fun in the cold, northern lands of Canada. When December’s sudden cold sends ducks south, they know to wait for the full moon, when the beaver flood (their winter lake) will be perfect.  The day arrives and they tramp to the site, plow off the snow, uncover the ice, and the game is on! In the full moon’s light they play their hearts out, stopping only when the puck is lost. They return home and the afterglow returns with them.

A perfect story to experience the season’s first night on ice. Vivid descriptions take readers to this special time, “Our wet pants freeze solid in the cold, and we walk clanking like knights in armor, lances over our shoulders, hoods like helmets around our faces”. Filled with wonder, each glorious detail is highlighted as the children experience the magic. Perfect for hockey and late-night snow fans!

 

If You Were the Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You Were the Moon
Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Jaime Kim
Millbrook Press, 2017

A quiet bedtime story that introduces all the things the moon does, like “Tease the Earth: peek-a-boo!” (no moon to full moon) and “Challenge the ocean to a tug-of-war.” (gravity) Each page explains how the moon ‘plays peek-a-boo and ‘tug-of-war’.  Personifying the moon, children will see the moon as their friend.  Adults will likely learn a little about the moon, too.

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A Moon of My Own

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A Moon of My Own

By Jennifer Rustgi, illustrated by Ashley White
Dawn Publications, 2016

The childhood belief that ‘the moon is following me’ combines with geographic locations across the globe in a delightful story of a young girl who lovingly speaks to the moon that follows her on her many adventures.  She converses with the moon, and shares, “I never tell you where I’m going, but somehow you always find me.”

In the night skies and against the white moon, the illustrator uses silhouettes of key geographic locations.  Each location gives enough clues for adults to know (most of) the locations.  Readers will want to pull out a globe, map or encyclopedia to identify each location and learn more. The illustrator even manages to show us the moon from underwater, while showing the Great Barrier Reef in the Pacific Ocean near Australia.

Fortunately, each of the locations is named and introduced in the back matter.  Moon facts, Moon Phases and Modeling the Moon are also explored, with references given to other resources. Adults will enjoy this book as much as kids.

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Beautiful Moon, A Child’s Prayer

Beautiful Moon, A Child’s Prayer
by Tonya Bolden, illustrated by Erick Velasquez
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014

The words and illustrations together show how a boy’s simple prayers impact many in his community.  Beautifully rendered it also shows that life goes on, reminding us to take each day at a time and do the best we can.  A moving bedtime story sending readers to sweet dreams of gratitude.  I’m not saying enough about this book; it’s inspiring, touching the heart deeply.