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I Took the Moon for a Walk Board book – September 1, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Curtis's charming rhyme begins, "I took the Moon for a walk last night./It followed behind like a still summer kite,/Though there wasn't a string or a tail in sight/when I took the Moon for a walk." The child's journey continues over a bridge, past a sharp steeple that nearly snags the moon, through a pack of howling dogs, and across the dewy grass. Throughout, the language is fresh and visual: "rust-bellied robins," "neighborhood dogs made a train-whistle choir," "clouds that were fragile as lace." The book ends with two pages of facts about the phases of the moon and some of the animals and plants included in the story. The folk-art-inspired illustrations are a perfect complement to the gentle fantasy. Using oil painted on paper with a crackling varnish, Jay creates a moving, panoramic country landscape in which the pictures tell many stories that children will love to discover–the skinny-legged moon loses a slipper; the neighborhood dogs run out for an evening romp; a gentleman pedals by on a bike, enjoying the still evening. This is a quaint and quiet book worth sharing.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. As the sun sets and everyone heads indoors, a young boy takes the moon on a stroll around his neighborhood. Curtis' rhyming text is rich with descriptive language and images: "We tiptoed through grass where the nightcrawlers creep / when the rust-bellied robins have all gone to sleep, / And the Moon called the dew so the grass seemed to weep / When I took the Moon for a walk." Jay's surreal, Salvador Dali-like illustrations not only greatly enhance the dreamlike quality of the text but also provide visual images for some of the unfamiliar words and unusual phrasings. The textured cracked-eggshell appearance of the pictures, achieved by applying a crackling varnish over alkyd oil paint, gives the book an aged, fragile look. An ending double-page spread has information about the phases of the moon and nocturnal animals, so kids will know what to look for on their own nighttime adventures. Lauren Peterson
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Top Customer Reviews
Rhyming books can be tough to read to toddlers, because the flow is lost at a slower pace. We were dubious about this book, but it's our 19 month old's favorite. It's got real animals that we see outside to find (owls, cows, dogs), a playground, and of course, the moon. The good children's books find a way to entertain children and adults (like the nested pictures in Goodnight Moon), and the language, artwork, and paper in this book make it a real treat for all of us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this rhyme bedtime story book. very clever and educating. great fun to read along with my daughter.Published 18 days ago by Mike
I love this as much as my 2 year old! Gorgeous, interesting illustrations and a wonderful poem-like story. Have bought for my niece since we loved so much!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best children's stories ever! Definitely one we are giving to all friends & family babies in the future as shower gifts.Published 1 month ago by MMolina
Amazing night time story book. We read it every night and love talking about the moon! My son knows all the words.Published 2 months ago by Virginia
the sweetest little book filled with so much whimsy. i feel as though I'm reading poetry to my daughter when we enjoy this book togetherPublished 2 months ago by Ashley W.