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The Moon Hardcover – August 8, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0374350468 ISBN-10: 0374350469 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374350469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374350468
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-K–The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;/She shines on thieves on the garden wall,/On streets and fields/and harbour quays,…. Stevensons poetic images might seem a bit puzzling to young listeners today, but they make perfect sense juxtaposed with this satisfying visual story of a nighttime boat ride. The full moon outside a familys house parallels the round face of the tall clock as a small boy and his father prepare for the outing. Outside, raccoons are busy on the garden wall. Lots of homey detail in the line drawings washed in watercolor sketch in the busy home life as Mom in her bathrobe and slippers and a sleepy baby stay at home while the family dog and cat curl up in the back of the pickup truck to join the outing. The poetic lines unfold with the trip through the countryside, out on the lake, and eventually back home and into bed. The loving family, their energetic pets, the homey clutter, and the lush countryside at night convey a lovely bedtime story that concludes with the morning sun rising on a new day. Stevensons lines fall pleasantly on the ear, and Pearson offers much to see on this moonlit night. The three stanzas of the poem appear together in reprise as the final page in a beautifully crafted interpretation thats sure to be widely enjoyed as family reading.–Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 1. Stevenson's famous 12-line poem, which begins "The moon has a face / like the clock in the hall," becomes the text of a picture-book depiction of the nighttime outing of a contemporary father and his child. Leaving Mother and Baby behind, they climb into a truck with the dog, the cat, and some provisions; travel to the dock; and take their boat across a cove and back again while they watch the places and creatures illuminated by the moon. The pictured journey creates a vivid, visual counterpoint to the poetry, which flows as magically as an incantation. Though inspired by the poem, the luminous ink-and-watercolor illustrations reflect Pearson's creative imagination and her sure sense of what is visually interesting to young children. Along with the many detailed pictures of the characters' expedition, one double-page spread is a lovely panorama of the water and the surrounding landscape, with the moon floating above it all. Picture-book versions of "Block City," "My Shadow," and other poems drawn from Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verseshave entranced children over the years. This mesmerizing interpretation shows once again the timeless quality of the poet's verse. Jane Yolen's Owl Moon (1987), Amy Tan's The Moon Lady(1995), and Cynthia Rylant's Long Night Moon (2004) make excellent follow-ups or companions to this lovely book. Carolyn Phelan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marci Twain on January 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is truly a wonderful book. It is short, sweet, and simple. At least that is the way it felt as I read it and looked at the pictures. The text is a classic poem by Robert Louis Stevenson who lived between 1850 and 1894. And the watercolor illustrations marvelously bring the poem to life so the reader can better understand it. There are 15 scenes (2-pages each) in the book.

The story is about the moon and what happens at night while it glows. We meet some raccoons, deer, owls, dogs, cats, bats, and a mouse. 5 stars!
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Tracy Campbell Pearson has charmingly illustrated Robert Louis Stevenson's poem The Moon, from A Child's Garden of Verses. Some of the poem's language might not be immediately transparent to modern youngsters, and this picture book brings the poem's sense into a modern understanding, following the journey of a father and son as they embark on a moonlit motorboat ride. They farewell a peaceful mother, baby in arms on the back porch, and walk past raccoons, the "thieves on the garden wall" pilfering vegetables. In each new scene a line of the poem is illustrated well (although it is a bit of a stretch to picture the "squalling cat and the squeaking mouse" engaged in chase-and-catch on board the little boat).

The illustrations aren't as impressive as Ted Rand's My Shadow, but the images convey a deep serenity, and the young family is portrayed with a rare tenderness that evokes great familial security. Each scene contains enough visual interest to tempt the reader to interrupt the poetic flow to stop and enjoy the images. This is well worth reading to a preschool or elementary audience.
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Like many toddlers, mine loves the moon so I went in search of a good lunar book - preferably in verse. This is it. The poem is lovely, the illustrations extremely charming and my moon-crazy baby can't get enough of it (we started reading it at about age one, but I think it would engage older children as well). Even absent an obsession with heavenly bodies, this book should charm: the appealing illustrations feature a cozy family narrative with lots of familiar and interesting objects to point at and talk about: a baby, a clock, dogs, cats, a bird family, deer, etc. Highly recommended.
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