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THE CHILDREN'S MOON

Combining education and intergenerational fun, this work will appeal to readers of all ages.

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A boy learns about the moon and space in this picture book.

Sunny, a blond White child, notices that the moon and sun simultaneously appear in the daytime sky. Grandma says this is called “The Children’s Moon” and “it belongs to…children in the world. People of all ages love to dance together under its magic light.” Sunny dances and Grandma spins in her electric wheelchair. They play a game called “TO THE MOON AND BACK,” and Sunny “blasts off.” The book then switches to nonfiction content, providing information about the moon, astronauts, and more. It features historical events, like the first moon landing, and intriguing facts, including how recycled water is used in space. The work also touches on the moon’s significance in many cultures before returning to Sunny and Grandma. While the boy decides that he wants to visit Mars, he promises to keep Grandma in his heart wherever he travels. The book then presents more educational snippets for young readers. Cook offers an enticing learning experience in an approachable format. The work delivers entertaining tidbits for kids, such as how the Toy Story series’ Buzz Light­year was named after astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Nadeau’s detailed, hand-drawn illustrations add nice character. The artistic, realistic depictions show Sunny, Grandma, and various children enjoying the Children’s Moon. Illustrations also supplement the nonfiction parts, with drawings of the moon and portrayals of people mentioned, including Stephen Hawking.

Combining education and intergenerational fun, this work will appeal to readers of all ages.

Pub Date: Feb. 2, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-52-557804-5

Page Count: 52

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: May 21, 2021

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ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of...

Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol.

The typical firsts of school are here: riding the bus, making friends, sliding on the playground slide, counting, sorting shapes, laughing at lunch, painting, singing, reading, running, jumping rope, and going on a field trip. While the days are given ordinal numbers, the song skips the cardinal numbers in the verses, and the rhythm is sometimes off: “On the second day of kindergarten / I thought it was so cool / making lots of friends / and riding the bus to my school!” The narrator is a white brunette who wears either a tunic or a dress each day, making her pretty easy to differentiate from her classmates, a nice mix in terms of race; two students even sport glasses. The children in the ink, paint, and collage digital spreads show a variety of emotions, but most are happy to be at school, and the surroundings will be familiar to those who have made an orientation visit to their own schools.

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-06-234834-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 3, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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A BIKE LIKE SERGIO'S

Embedded in this heartwarming story of doing the right thing is a deft examination of the pressures of income inequality on...

Continuing from their acclaimed Those Shoes (2007), Boelts and Jones entwine conversations on money, motives, and morality.

This second collaboration between author and illustrator is set within an urban multicultural streetscape, where brown-skinned protagonist Ruben wishes for a bike like his friend Sergio’s. He wishes, but Ruben knows too well the pressure his family feels to prioritize the essentials. While Sergio buys a pack of football cards from Sonny’s Grocery, Ruben must buy the bread his mom wants. A familiar lady drops what Ruben believes to be a $1 bill, but picking it up, to his shock, he discovers $100! Is this Ruben’s chance to get himself the bike of his dreams? In a fateful twist, Ruben loses track of the C-note and is sent into a panic. After finally finding it nestled deep in a backpack pocket, he comes to a sense of moral clarity: “I remember how it was for me when that money that was hers—then mine—was gone.” When he returns the bill to her, the lady offers Ruben her blessing, leaving him with double-dipped emotions, “happy and mixed up, full and empty.” Readers will be pleased that there’s no reward for Ruben’s choice of integrity beyond the priceless love and warmth of a family’s care and pride.

Embedded in this heartwarming story of doing the right thing is a deft examination of the pressures of income inequality on children. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 4, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7636-6649-1

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: July 19, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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