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I Took the Moon for a Walk Board book – September 1, 2008

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: AD640L (What's this?)
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846862000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846862007
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Lacey on August 1, 2004
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I bought this because I wanted to try something from Barefoot Books, and I wasn't disappointed.

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.
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Parents, longing for a bedtime reading book that is well-written and beautifully illustrated, will find "I Took The Moon for a Walk" a delight. Lyrically written, and with factual information on the moon at the end of the story makes this more than just your ordinary picture book. A great choice for a gift!
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our son loves the moon and LOVES this book. the text is beautifully written - captivating for even a 20-month-old - and the illustrations are equally beautiful. great book for a gift or for a treat for yourself (and your child!).
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This book is absolutely gorgeous - the melliflous text, the stunning pictures. What a gift Carolyn Curtis and Alison Jay have given us.
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This is such a sweet book, with lovely illustrations by Alison Jay. My toddler son has been enjoying it since he was around 15 months - I think he really responds to the rhythm of the text. It's definitely the kind of book that he'll continue to enjoy for years, and I love that the last couple pages have some info about the phases of the moon and animal activities at night, so that when he's a little bigger we can introduce some basic science concepts. When you read books over and over (and over) to a small child, you quickly develop your own favorites, and this is one of mine.
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My son loves this book. He is 21 months and has pointed out the moon for over a year. If I ask him to grab a book, this is the book he brings me. The book is very well written and easy to read and my son enjoy the pictures very much. A classic!
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BEAUTIFUL PROSE, WONDERFUL PICTURES. My two-year-old son LOVES this book. The assonance (vowel rhyme within the words) in the prose makes it flow much like a poem but much more sophisticated than the popular, "Good Night Moon." The first line: "I took the moon for a walk last night, it followed along like a still summer kite, high in the sky through darkness and light, when I took the moon for a walk." Animals and people appear from page to page with wonderful landscapes that reward readers when closely examined. I am a librarian and this book should be on a list of BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS, EVER.
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My sister got this for my son when he was one. It quickly became one of his favorite books, and it still is now that he's 3. It's a sweet story with nice illustrations, and the story is the perfectly length. We often give this book as a gift for a new baby.
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