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BEAUTIFUL MOON / BELLA LUNA

Author: Dawn Jeffers

Illustrator: Bonnie Leick

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Publisher: Raven Tree Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It can't be night-time. There is still so much to do. A young girl pulls back the sky to lengthen the day and have more time for her favorite things. In the process, she learns a valuable lesson about the night. This bilingual picture book is a poem about a little girl's wish to have more time to play.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.4

Age of Child: Read with a girl nearly 8 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: I had to slow down my reading so that my daughter could explore the illustrations ... from the tiny fish jumping out of the water, to the expressions on the moon's face. She tried to read the Spanish, too. When we finished the book, she exclaimed "I liked that one."

Adult Reader Reaction: I knew she'd like it, so despite the initial protests, I kept reading. This is the first bilingual book in a long time where she let me read the Spanish and English. She liked the sound of the words ... and poetry in Spanish is particularly beautiful. I loved the book and the illustrations. This is a perfect bedtime book.

Pros: This poem answers a child's persistent questions about why we have to sleep at night. Beautiful illustrations and simple vocabulary make it an exceptional choice for first and second grade readers, including ESL students.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. It is a beatiful, soothing poem. It can help kids understand why we have night ... and why they need to go to sleep!

If You Liked This Book, Try: HUSHABYE LILY   TIME FOR BED   I TOOK THE MOON FOR A WALK

Educational Themes: This is a book meant to be a bedtime story. It does help explain why we need to sleep at night.

Notes: This is a bilingual picture book.
The publisher/author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry, bilingual, Spanish

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009

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