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The Moon Inside Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Ella is afraid of the dark. She clutches her mother's hand as dusk falls, and flicks on many lights throughout her house. One evening, while Ella rues the disappearance of the sun and the absence of yellow from the nighttime sky, her mother encourages her to take a peek outside. The child is pleasantly surprised to find glowing fireflies and a golden moon illuminating the darkness: "It's my favorite color—only quieter." As Ella and her mother sit side by side on the front porch swing, they listen to the sounds of the night. Sicuro's striking watercolor and ink illustrations move from domestic daytime scenes, accented with splashes of yellow wallpaper, sunny flowers in a vase, and lemon slices on a plate, to a velvety black background revealing twinkling stars and elegant nocturnal creatures. Having faced her fears, Ella gains a newfound appreciation for the stillness of the dark. Back inside her house, the little girl turns on fewer lights, content in knowing that "the night belong[s] to the moon, quietly glowing through her bedroom window." VERDICT A simply luminous and reassuring selection to share before bedtime, again and again.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ont., Canada
"A lovely addition to any bedtime repertoire." Kirkus Reviews
"Feder's words are gentle and reassuring and will satisfy children who also fear the dark A lovely addition to bedtime book collections." Booklist
"A simply luminous and reassuring selection to share before bedtime, again and again." — School Library Journal
"There’s no shortage of picture books on this topic, but Feder and Sicuro handle this with such care and thoughtfulness; it really stands out." Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Praise for books in the Daisy series by Sandra V. Feder:
gentle storytelling [a] quiet charmer ” Kirkus Reviews
Book Two in the irresistible Daisy series introduces children to the satisfaction of independent reading and the joy of playing with language.” The Picnic Basket Blog
Daisy’s irrepressible but realistic enthusiasm for life is charming and irresistible.” School Library Journal
Praise for Bright Sky, Starry City, illustrated by Aimée Sicuro:
Newcomer Sicuro’s mixed-media illustrations are similarly attentive to the story’s emotions.” Publishers Weekly
Sicuro captures the wonder of how deep the night was and how endless’ through a series of circular drawings and collages . . .” Horn Book
Sicuro’s mixed-media illustrations, with their gauzy chalk and translucent watercolor touches, convey both the objective and emotive pleasures of stargazing.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Top customer reviews
Particularly notable is how the author empowers Ella, a young girl who is afraid of the dark, to conquer this fear through her own discovery process. Ella’s mom takes her outside one evening, but it is Ella who observes beauty in the nighttime setting. Ella delights in watching fire flies glowing and hearing crickets chirping. She observes that the sun and the moon are both shades of her favorite color, yellow, and that the sun is bright while the moon is the same but quieter. Ella embraces the pleasure she takes in her revelations about the wonders of night.
The charming illustrations in “The Moon Inside” convey a wonderful sense of calm. Aimee Sicuro paints a lovely backdrop as Ella embraces the gentleness and beauty of nighttime.