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My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story Hardcover – September 7, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060290161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060290160
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 16.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
My mommy hung the moon.
She tied it with string.
My mommy's good at EVERYTHING.

The ninth children's book by the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell is a celebration of unconditional love between mother and child. Mommy is the best at everything: Not only does she carpool, untangle kites, steal bases, and bake cookies, she also seems to light up the sun with her love. Written straight from the heart and illustrated with tender hilarity, My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story is a keepsake that defines the magical relationship a mother has with her son or daughter. So grab the little one you love, and rejoice as the ordinary moments of everyday life become extraordinary because of the magic of mother love.

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—A child rhapsodizes about how wonderful and amazing his mother is. From the everyday things she can do (drive her kid around, make him feel better, break into spontaneous dance) to the ways that she seems superhuman ("She pours all the seas/and sparkles each star./And then she collects one/in my night-light jar"), the recurring theme is that "My mommy's good at everything." It is a touching sentiment, and definitely universal, if slightly overdone in this case. There is a giddy exuberance in both the text and the illustrations that sometimes seems forced, particularly when the rhyme stumbles ("She feathered the birds./She taught them to chirp./She taught me to speak,/my cousin to burp"). There are moments, however, when the book manages to convey a child's sense of adoration with just the right amount of glee, such as when the mother bakes a "BIG MOMMA BATCH" of cookies, and the illustration shows a conveyor belt filled with cookies representing everything from ET to Mount Rushmore. It's an image that is genuinely funny and indicative of how children look up to the adults who positively influence their lives. While not this team's strongest offering, the book will find a place with mothers and children who want another book to celebrate the special connection they have with one another.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
(c) Copyright 2011.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

More About the Author

Jamie Lee Curtis is the author of eight best-selling children's books that address core childhood subjects and life lessons in a playful, accessible way. Jamie finds the inspiration for her writing all around her - in the experiences of her children, her godchildren, her friends - and of course in her own life. Her first book, When I Was Little, was sparked by her then-four-year-old daughter's boast that she was no longer "little." Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, a celebration of adoption and the start of a new family, was inspired by the adoption of her own children. And as an author, of course Jamie loves big words and knows that words have power. Her latest book, Big Words for Little People, gives young children the knowledge and power of their own "big words." All of Jamie's best-selling picture books are illustrated by Laura Cornell: Big Words for Little People; Is There Really A Human Race?; It's Hard To Be Five: Learning How To Work My Control Panel; I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off A Little Self Esteem; Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery; Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day; Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born; and When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth. Jamie is also well known as a film actress, with starring roles in such acclaimed films as Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda. Jamie is the mother of Annie and Thomas and is married to actor/director Christopher Guest. They live in California.

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This book is so sweet and beautifully illustrated.
Jodi
If you buy a new book to sit and share over and over with your child this is the one, it would also make a beautiful gift for a new Mom.
Theresa M. Heath
My three year old daughter really enjoys being read this book.
Danielley101

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Frisbie on September 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This well-crafted book deserves a place in your bedtime routine!

Kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews --- whatever your local audience, they'll be delighted by this tribute to Mommy, told in rhymes that your children will quickly learn, memorize and quote back to you...

...Which is one good purpose of the well-told story. Repetition reinforces the lessons we hope our kids will learn --- including the primary lesson here: That the world is a safer place, and a better one, because Mommy shows up for duty day after day, night after night. Moms rock.

Grab it, read it, treasure it. It's well done and beautifully illustrated also!

Dr. David & Lisa Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Del Mar, California
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Theresa M. Heath on September 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm an avid reader as are my three children and so i'm always looking for a nice book we can share together even though at 6 , 8 and 16 and all way beyond their grade level reading ability this book was young for them i couldn't resist. I'm so glad i didn't ...
Not only is the story well written and the pictures just beautiful but it touches your heart and makes you want to snuggle in bed and read it with them over and over. We read it back to back several times and i know it's something we'll share many times.
There is nothing as beautiful as the love a child has for their parent and this book expressed that love perfectly. All three of my children think i'm responsible for everything in their world and look to me when there is something they want answered or solved this book expresses that in cute rhymes and honest dialogue.
If you buy a new book to sit and share over and over with your child this is the one, it would also make a beautiful gift for a new Mom.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kalemkarian on March 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've read this book cover to cover, and while I understand the idea of the book -- the child saying his mommy can do amazing things, with the illustrations showing mommy doing regular things that the child sees as amazing, but the execution is frankly a bit scary. Indeed, any child who understands the words will be wondering about the apparent inadequacy of their own mother. What's missing from the book is the basic foundational, unconditional love between a mother and child (e.g. I love mommy because she's my mommy). I would not read this book to my child. I must say though that I found some of the illustrations to be fun.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on September 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My Mommy hung the moon.
She tied it with string.
My mommy's good at EVERYTHING.

My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story is the 9th book (following 2008's Big Words for Little People) by the I-love-them-so-much team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell and it's just as wonderful as all their others have been. Curtis says that, of the books she's written, this is her favorite and the most personal to her; she calls it "unconditional love in the form of a book."

My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story is a touching tribute to a mother's abundant and seemingly endless powers told in simple rhyming phrases. The reading experience is greatly enhanced by Laura Cornell's giddy and colorful illustrations. As always, Cornell's drawings include a lot of detail; each time you read the story, you're bound to discover something new to smile over.

Not only is this a good choice for parents and grandparents to read with children they love, it would, IMHO, make a great gift for adults to give to their own mothers. I think many mothers would be appreciative of the sentiment behind such a gift.

Curtis & Cornell's books center around the growing child, providing entertaining takes on a child's changing world and some of life's mysteries. They emphasize love, caring and self-esteem. If you're new to their work and would like to check out the the rest of the books, they are:

When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jodi on August 20, 2011
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I'm not sure what all the fuss is about this book from some of the other reviewers. This book is so sweet and beautifully illustrated. Kudos to Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. It is a sweet testament to the love and adoration a young child feels for his mother. Is it teaching my child that I'm the end-all, be-all? No, it is not. It is a story that teaches how much a mother loves her child and vice versa. There is no such thing as a little, furry red monster, but that doesn't mean I don't let my son watch Elmo or have Elmo toys. Elmo teaches wonderful things to children, as does this book. I do not have any other books by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell - but I'm going to soon! Wonderful book that both you and your child will love and cherish for years to come.
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By Mom at home on July 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that the very first time I read the book I thought it was strange. I didn't love it, I didn't even know if I liked it. The more I read the book the more I enjoyed it. Now, every time I read "Then when I'm asleep, all safe in my nest, my mommy stays up and does all the rest" it speaks to me. It's still a little weird, but in a sweet way. There's something to love about it. I'm not wild about this illustrator at all but that goes for all of her books, she's just just not my fave.
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