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MOONY LUNA by Jorge Argueta


Luna, Lunita Lunera

by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Elizabeth Gomez

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: March 10th, 2005
ISBN: 0-89239-205-3
Publisher: Children's Book Press

Even though she is “grande como la luna llena” (big as the full moon), Luna isn’t sure that she wants to begin kindergarten. She is positive no one there will call her “Luna, lunita lunera” (“moony little Luna”), and she fears the possibility of ugly monsters with scary voices. While hiding beneath a table, however, she is rescued by her classmates and discovers the joys of school life—singing nursery rhymes, writing her name in colorful letters and listening to stories. This timeworn theme is made fresh with a lively, bilingual text full of familial love and Gómez’s brilliant acrylic illustrations, featuring a little crayoned monster on several pages and Luna’s long, thin parents in contrast to Luna’s tiny body and oversized head. (Picture book. 4-6)