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The Moon Was the Best Hardcover – May 27, 1993
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-- An enchanting and beautifully designed collaboration. A young girl asks her parents who are leaving for Paris to " 'Remember the special things to tell me,' " the things that she would like if she were there. Zolotow's lyrical text and Hoban's evocative photos present the catalog of images the mother brings home to her daughter, not touristy sights and scenes, but more personal ones, such as flowers and trees, bookstalls and bread, pigeons and dogs, a carousel and a fountain. As a final statement of reassurance, the woman concludes that , " 'the moon was the best because it was the same moon shining on you, so I knew we weren't far apart at all.' " Full-page, full-color photos face the large-print text, which is framed in art nouveau designs and surrounded by pastel colors. Small, rectangular closeups of the photos, also framed, highlight the feelings behind each memory. This book could supplement discussions of foreign countries or aid families traveling to France, in conjunction with Roxie Munro's quite different, but equally well-done Inside-Outside Book of Paris (Dutton, 1992). However, children do not need to know anything about the city to sense the magic of this unique presentation. Older elementary readers might even be inspired to collect distinctive images and memories of their own areas. --Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Charlotte Zolotow—author, editor, publisher, and educator—has one of the most distinguished reputations in the field of children's literature. She has written more than seventy books, many of which are picture-book classics, such as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present and William's Doll. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
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My children (5 and 3; girl and boy respectively) just are not that interested in photographs of rainbows over apartments, or water that should have sparkles but doesn't.
"She remembered the river Seine
and how, going from one side of Paris
to the other, you could always
see it sparkling in the sun."
Problem is the shot looks like it was in the evening... and no sparkles. Oh well.
To be fair, the text by Ms. Zolotow is quite nice and the ending is sweet:
"What was the best?" the little girl asked.
"Oh," said her mother, "the mood was the best
because it was the same moon shining on you,
so I knew we weren't far apart at all."
Two Stars. My two children did not care for this book. It might be a good book though if you are going to Paris without you kids and want to show them what they are missing.