- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 430 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Clarion Books (April 17, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1328781607
- ISBN-13: 978-1328781604
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 2—Moon is a young girl with a highly relatable problem. She attends school, does her homework, cleans her room, goes to soccer practice, takes trumpet lessons, and works with her math tutor. There is always so much that Moon has to do. She wonders what it would be like to live free, unburdened from her "Stuff to Do" list. Late one night, Moon encounters a friendly wolf outside in the garden. Wolf gives her a ride to a clearing in the Great Forest, where the wolf's pack welcomes her. The pack teaches Moon their "wolfy ways"—to pounce, to play, to howl, and to be truly still. Naturally, Moon must eventually return to her ordinary daily routine, but she is changed by her experience. Moon takes her wild, wolfy ways to school with her, appearing to have taught classmates to howl and pounce with a smile on her face. Simple and charming, this story reminds readers that time spent on unstructured play, on meditation, or out in nature is never wasted. Rather, these events refresh us all so that we can tackle our daily "Stuff to Do" lists. The bold, collage-style illustrations will mesmerize children. Especially striking is the contrast between the night-darkened forest and lavender-skinned Moon, attired in a white dress, frolicking joyfully with white-gray wolves. VERDICT An upbeat and howling-good read-aloud, perfect for one-on-one and storytime sharing. Recommended for purchase.—Sara White, Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FL
"A paean to Where the Wild Things Are that reminds readers of the importance of play and of stillness in a busy world."--Booklist, review
"In her debut as author, Oliver (illustrator of the BabyLit board book series) handles her story’s pacing with skill, setting up just enough backstory to establish Moon’s frustration, then lavishing attention on her midnight encounter."--Publishers Weekly
"An upbeat and howling-good read-aloud."--School Library Journal
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I initially grabbed this one because of the beautiful cover, but the author conveys something really important within the story that children (and adults) will be able to relate to.
Every day Moon has a schedule that she follows -- school, sports, lessons, etc. She doesn't feel like she has time for herself, and then something wonderful happens when she ventures outside one night. She spends time with wolves, and they teach her how to play. They also show her how to be still and listen (bonus points for the author!).
Sometimes I think parents and adults forget how important it is to play. It's crucial to a child's development and their happiness. Adults should also play -- firing synapses and whatnot -- but it's not healthy for kids to have their entire day planned around work and expectations. They need time to just exist, even if it's in their own head.
I love the message Moon presents, and the delicate way the author shared her story. I highly recommend this one.
Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on August 25, 2018.
homework, housework, music and sports practice, along with sundry other have-to-dos feels overwhelmed. She yearns for something else, but what should it be. Poor, pigtailed Moon watches a falling star on the outside and then voila, she meets an approachable silver wolf who along with his pack teaches her how to join in their wolf ways. How to pounce, and wonderfully how to howl and play, yet importantly how to listen and feel. All in all, she learns what it feels like to be loose and wild and she suddenly feels liberated. Children will love this endearing tale of how to release their inner selves and infect others with their joy and pleasures. Moon beams out at the reader with her vivid bright lavender face and enormous eyes alongside the silvery furred wolves against a blackish forestry background. The illustrations are as important as the text as these unique depictions enhance the richness of the story. Point clearly made is that overscheduled kids can be overwhelmed and the best remedy for such a malady to do allow a little bit of wildness.
Moon wondered what it would be like to be free. Free from doing what she was supposed to be doing. Free from her to do-lists. Free from responsibility. Moon tried looking inside her books on how to do this but she couldn’t find the answer. She went to her window to look outside, where she spotted a shooting star. Excited, she raced outside to view more of them but instead Moon ended up taking an adventure into the night. Riding upon a wolf, Moon learns how to be wild and free. She has finally found her wild side so when she returns home, she can take it with her.
What a fun, entertaining way to show kids how to unwind. In a world where everyone is running around, where schedules are overloaded, this book is perfect.
Moon is an over scheduled kid with school, homework, and daily commitments leaving her little time for herself.
Until she meets a wolf who invites Moon deep into the dark, fantastical forest and teaches her “how to howl, how to hide, how to be still, and how to be wild. And in that, she learns what it’s like to be free.” The topic of this gorgeously written and illustrated story is one that really hits home for me right now. It’s natural to want the best for our kids and to push them into schedules that we hope will bring the best results for their future. But that needs to be balanced with time for our kids to breath and to be wild. Time for them to learn about themselves and what it’s like to be free.
Moon is a dedicated young lady who dreams of an unscheduled life. After an encounter with a friendly wolf she tags along into the forest and learns what it means to be wild and free. Although Moon’s adventure only lasts one night, it’s very evident that she will forever carry that wild and free feeling with her wherever she goes.
We loved the saturated illustrations and the feeling of serenity throughout the entire book. The dark shades paired with bright pops of color made us feel like we were peeking into a completely different world.