ONE ROUND MOON AND A STAR FOR ME by Ingrid Mennen

ONE ROUND MOON AND A STAR FOR ME

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Enriched by an African setting, the familiar theme of reassuring a child about his secure place in the family after a new baby is born. The sky is very close to this Lesotho boy; Papa seems to catch a falling star in his milk bucket (`` `A star for a new baby,' says Mama''), and when he sees the rising sun the boy imagines that it's chasing the moon ``back to her empty hut.'' Mennen weaves other celestial images into her simple portrayal of such Lesotho customs for welcoming a baby as gifts of water, soap, or ``fresh cow-dung for a new floor.'' When Papa proudly identifies the child as his (`` `They look like my hands...' ''), the older child expresses misgivings: `` `...are you really my papa too?' '' Papa warmly confirms their relationship with another physical comparison--and also finds the little boy his own special star. Daly's freely rendered art reflects the family's joy and affection while nicely evoking the rural setting. Warmhearted and appealing; it might be wise, in sharing this, to discuss (especially with adoptees) other bases for parent-child bonding. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-531-06804-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1994




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