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Summary: A young boy and the Moon enjoy an evening exploring the town before heading home for the night. You can use this book as a bedtime story for young readers and an introduction to nature and science for older readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading at 2½ years and we're still reading at almost 5!
Young Reader Reaction: Within three readings, this became one of our must-read stories. S/He loves pointing to the objects and activities on the page, not just the moon.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is lyrical and easy to read. It's a nice combination of reality reading (seeing one's glow in the water) and fantasy (the boy and moon sharing a night-time flight) that will appeal to all readers.
Pros: The story flows nicely, and the notes at the back will be wonderful for expanding the book beyond the poetry when our toddler gets a little bit older.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a wonderful addition for any home library, with plenty of longevity.
Educational Themes: There is plenty to do with this book. The boy and moon share moments of genuine friendship; there are notes for introducing the science of the world after dark (animals, moon phases); and good material for an early reader.