The moon in all its different phases serves as a reminder of constancy and security.
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In a pleasant, calming book for sharing at bedtime, Pierson celebrates the constancy of the moon in pure and pretty images: it "mirrors" its own picture in the waters; "shares its beams" on "rocky, rugged mountains"; and spreads a "nightime light wide over the world." Through the eyes of a young boy peering out his window, the moon unifies the world. No matter if it is full, a sliver, or hidden, the boy finds comfort in knowing that it is always there, shining down on not only him, but on "huts of native people" and "dwellings of city people in many lands." Brooks's soft, blue-hued evening colors capture night moods and enhance the comforting tone of the text. A design element dresses up the lower corner of each spread, adding to the sense of balance that both story and illustrations convey. -- Kirkus Review, July 15, 1998
A little boy watches the moon from his bedroom window. It offers him security and comfort because it is always there--it's the "always moon." He views the moon through all its phases and observes the constellations. He knows that the moon watches all the world--the fishes in the sea, the giraffes of the African plains, the wild critters of the cornfield, the goats of the mountains, the polar bears of the far North, and the children everywhere. Pierson has woven a quiet and gentle bedtime story. Brooks' full-page pastel illustrations lend to the beauty of the story. This colorful and poetic picture book is a good introduction to the stages of the moon and the constellations.--Debbie Lymer, Media Specialist, Savannah, Missouri. -- Library Talk, November/December 1998
Kindergarten-Grade 2-This child's rumination on the moon's ever-dependable presence over every part of the Earth suffers from an overwritten text. Between "glowing like a big, round, yellow disk" and changing to a sliver that "barely hangs in the big sky overhead," the moon shines down on "the dark calm of the mysterious waters of the world," as well as plains and fields, cities, and "the huts of native people." The child drifts off to sleep with the thought that the moon is watching him from the window, which may disquiet some children. Using pencil strokes to heighten textures, Brooks creates a series of small, peaceful moonlit scenes, generic but visually soothing. Still, though this story may lend itself, intentionally or otherwise, to a metaphorical reading, neither the verbal nor the visual art is up to the standards of books such as Kate Banks's superb And If the Moon Could Talk (Farrar, 1998), illustrated by Georg Hallensleben, or May Garelick's redone Look at the Moon (Mondo, 1996), illustrated by Barbara Garrison.
John Peters, New York Public Library
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Book Description First Story Pr, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1890326178