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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 a two-time Caldecott Honor winner (for Dave the Potter and Trombone Shorty). He is also the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award–winning book Uptown, illustrator of Martin’s Big Words, which was also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Rosa, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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your moon, my moon a grandmother's words to a far away child by Patricia MacLaughlin
Audio book about a grandmother as she tells her grandchild of things that she lives near and how the child has the same things, but opposite due to where they live.
Love the differences as this is a book my grandson would relate to as we are on the east coast and they are on the west coast.
One thing they share is the moon they each see.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
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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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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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