The Children's Moon

by Carmen Agra Deedy (Author) Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)

The Children's Moon
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Have you ever seen the moon on a clear blue day and wondered why?

There once was a time when the sun alone ruled the day, the moon graced the night, and little children were sent to bed before sunset. Then early one dawn, the moon heard sounds of children laughing, and she yearned to see them by daylight.Certainly not! snapped the sun. The day is mine. The night is yours!

But the moon had a clever plan...Carmen Agra Deedy and Jim LaMarche have brilliantly crafted an original pourquoi tale about finding one's place in the universe.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-An original porquoi tale explains the phenomenon-seeing the moon during daylight-the author calls a Children's Moon. Moon hears the sound of children and wants to learn more about these creatures she has never seen before. Children have always gone to bed before the sun sets and the moon has always been deprived of their company. Sun, a boastful and controlling sort of character, likes it that way. Not only does he enjoy shining most brightly in the sky, but he wants to be the center of the attention for the children. Only when the moon is able to communicate that there are other stars in the sky is the sun's interest piqued to the point in making a deal with the moon. Back matter adds additional information about the moon and our relationship with it. The illustrations are full of LaMarche's emotive watercolors that capture the beauty of a world where sunshine and moonlight are equally radiant. VERDICT The well-told tale works on multiple levels, useful in units on the moon and mythology, but also for an SEL discussion on identity, ego, and sharing.

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Carmen Agra Deedy
Carmen Agra Deedy is one of America's foremost storytellers. Her many award-winning books include The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!; Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, which received a Pura Belpré Honor; and her New York Times bestseller 14 Cows for America. Carmen was born in Havana, Cuba, and lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. You can learn more about her work at
Jim LaMarche is an award-winning illustrator of many beloved books, including The Rainbabies, which earned him international acclaim. His illustrations indicate a deep kind of thinking about illustration in children's books, said the New York Times. He also illustrated The Carousel and Albert, which were both named New York Times Best Illustrated Books. He lives with his family in Santa Cruz, California.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2021

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