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I SEE THE MOON AND THE MOON SEES ME by Jonathan London

I SEE THE MOON AND THE MOON SEES ME

By Jonathan London (Author) , Peter Fiore (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-670-85918-4
Publisher: Viking

 London (Where's Home?, p. 858, etc.) has charmingly adapted a nursery favorite. Using the rhyme scheme of the original, London created a series of appealing vignettes: ``I see the flowers/and the flowers see me./Hello flowers,/are you smiling for me?'' Fiore's art is the real star here, vivid, evocative, and well painted. Taking the verses as a starting point for his paintings, and with pleasing circularity, Fiore follows a young boy with a bright red backpack and equally red kite through a day brimming with activity in a wide variety of settings: a stroll along a quiet morning street, kite-flying on a windy shore, stepping across rocks in a clear brook, hiking through majestic gold-orange mountains, soaring on a swing under a deep green sheltering tree, biking through fields bright with sunflowers, solitary canoeing on a lake at luminous sunset, and home again at twilight. Some eagle-eyed readers will want to know where the boy--who leaves and returns home on foot--gets the bike, or why the kite vanishes for several spreads. Nevertheless, a lovely mood piece for sharing. (Picture book. 5-8)