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Collier's crisp, complex illustrations add light to Newbery Award–winner MacLachlan's open letter to a grandchild who lives in Africa. . . Despite the distance and differences in landscape, text and art shape the story from one of separation into one of connection. Successive spreads make it clear that the grandmother is headed to Africa; in the penultimate painting, she enters the child's room with a wrapped present. While not all children are equally conscious of those who are absent, MacLachlan's distinctive grace and lyricism make this an effective if solemn reminder that they are loved and remembered from afar.

--Publishers Weekly, June 6, 2011

A grandmother who lives in the U.S. prepares to visit her grandson, who lives in Africa. While the moon is common to them both, she points out the many differences in their lives as she reminisces about past times together. When it is cold in one place, it is hot and dry in the other. There is ice-skating where she lives and lake swimming where he lives. Always, though, there is the moon, and as the story comes to a close, grandparent and grandchild are reunited under it. Collier’s vibrant illustrations are a blend of watercolor and his trademark collage. This is a wonderful book to contrast different lifestyles. Pair it with Nigel Gray’s A Country Far Away (Scholastic, 1989) to further illustrate cultural differences and human commonalities.–Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

SLJ, August 2011

About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s Story; Edward’s Eyes; The True Gift; Waiting for the Magic; White Fur Flying; and Fly Away. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Bryan Collier is the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Uptown. He has also illustrated Martin’s Big Words, which was also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Rosa, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; Dave the Potter, for which he won the Caldecott Honor; Your Moon, My Moon; and the #1 New York Times bestselling Barack Obama. Mr. Collier lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416979506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416979500
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie, and to this day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first. She is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story; and Three Names, illustrated by Mike Wimmer. She lives in western Massachusetts.

In Her Own Words..."One thing I've learned with age and parenting is that life comes in circles. Recently, I was having a bad time writing. I felt disconnected. I had moved to a new home and didn't feel grounded. The house, the land was unfamiliar to me. There was no garden yet. Why had I sold my old comfortable 1793 home? The one with the snakes in the basement, mice everywhere, no closets. I would miss the cold winter air that came in through the electrical sockets."

"I had to go this day to talk to a fourth-grade class, and I banged around the house, complaining. Hard to believe, since I am so mild mannered and pleasant, isn't it? What did I have to say to them? I thought what I always think when I enter a room of children. What do I know?"

"I plunged down the hillside and into town, where a group of fourth-grade children waited for me in the library, freshly scrubbed, expectant. Should I be surprised that what usually happens did so? We began to talk about place, our living landscapes. And I showed them my little bag of prairie dirt from where I was born. Quite simply, we never got off the subject of place. Should I have been so surprised that these young children were so concerned with place, or with the lack of it, their displacement? Five children were foster children, disconnected from their homes. One little boy's house had burned down, everything gone. 'Photographs, too,' he said sadly. Another told me that he was moving the next day to place he'd never been. I turned and saw the librarian, tears coming down her face."

"'You know,' I said. 'Maybe I should take this bag of prairie dirt and toss it into my new yard. I'll never live on the prairie again. I live here now. The two places could mix together that way!' 'No!' cried a boy from the back. 'Maybe the prairie dirt will blow away!' And then a little girl raised her hand. 'I think you should put that prairie dirt in a glass bowl in your window so that when you write you can see it all the time. So you can always see what you knew first.'"

"When I left the library, I went home to write. What You Know First owes much to the children of the Jackson Street School: the ones who love place and will never leave it, the ones who lost everything and have to begin again. I hope for them life comes in circles, too."

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lynne P. Caldwell on November 18, 2011
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I haven't written a review in over 5 years but I do continue to read--all the time. I'm also passionate about children's books for a variety of reasons--first and foremost, I'm a mom! Secondly, as an elementary teacher and then later as a parent coordinator, I know how important books are--children are mesmerized by them and would rather be read to than to watch a video (of course this statement is for youngsters, not teens:). I feel very strongly that creating a love for the written word will benefit all children in a variety of ways, I adapted, during most of my career, books in my curriculum (and I don't mean textbooks). As a HS counselor I witnessed first hand that my readers ALWAYS did so much better on standardized tests, including SATs and ACTs

But now, the most important reason is my three young granddaughters. Only one lives within 2 1/2 hours from me while the other two live in the DC area--a two day drive from the 'sunny' south for us. So, when Amazon sent me their weekly email, "Books you might enjoy", YOUR MOON, MY MOON was at the top of the list. On the jacket and on the email, it states, "A Grandmother's words to a Faraway Child." I immediately, and with tremendous excitement, bought the book to send it to my little girls to let them know that I'm ALWAYS thinking about them, how much I miss them and how I love them. Hence, the disappointment when the book arrived. Granted the pictures, done my Bryan Collier are lovely, the book was nothing as advertised or packaged.

In fact, unless you live in Boston and your grandchild lives in Tanzania, I recommend that you DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. It is a letter written very specifically by the Massachusetts author to her grandchild in Africa. It describes the Mass.
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By KrisJ on February 12, 2012
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This book was recommended to me by our local librarian. I live in Oregon and I have two granddaughters living in Africa. I bought this book to take with us on our last trip in December 2011. I was able to read this book to my granddaughters every night before bed. What a blessing to us to have this book as another point of connection when so far apart! Thank you to Janet MacLachlan for writing Your Moon, My Moon.
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By Kimberly Cooke on April 18, 2014
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I live in PA and my granddaughter lives in CA. I thought this book might help bridge our times apart.
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By AmyTZ on May 28, 2012
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I was debating purchasing this book because of the price, but one of the reviews above convinced me. I am living in Tanzania with my almost 6 yr old son. His grandma lives in Ohio and he dreams of the day we will travel to the US. He loves the comparisons in this book, even though we don't live on a hill by a lake and the illustrations don't look like "Bibi" or him. :) I'm sure my mom will run out to buy it as soon as I tell her about it. Overall a great book!
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By Jeanne D. Smith on June 10, 2014
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We all loved this book, especially our grandkids had been living in London for 2 years. All the grandparents signed it and got teary eyed as we did.
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