And If the Moon Could Talk

And If the Moon Could Talk

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by Kate Banks, Georg Hallensleben
     
 

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It is night. Inside a house, a child is getting ready for bed. A hall light is switched on, toys and animals are settled in their places. Papa reads a story, Mama comes in to say good night, dreams wait to enter sleep...And if the moon could talk, it would tell of the many different nighttime activities that it sees from its vantage point, outside the house and

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Overview

It is night. Inside a house, a child is getting ready for bed. A hall light is switched on, toys and animals are settled in their places. Papa reads a story, Mama comes in to say good night, dreams wait to enter sleep...And if the moon could talk, it would tell of the many different nighttime activities that it sees from its vantage point, outside the house and high, high above.

In this tranquil, evocative picture book, text and pictures illuminate interior and exterior nighttime scenes, showing us what the moon might see-and say, if it could talk.

And If the Moon Could Talk is the winner of the 1998 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books.

Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book Starred
A classic picture book of the highest caliber.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With quiet phrases and luxurious color, Banks and Hallensleben (Baboon) evoke a perfectly peaceful bedtime. In a stuccoed house, amid tranquil lakes and orderly rows of trees, a girl plays with stuffed animals and listens to a story read by her father. Far away, the moon glows on tall hills, desert, jungle and ocean, where people and wild animals prepare for sleep. Full-bleed spreads expertly relate the text's alternating descriptions of relaxed interior and exterior scenes. In the child's bedroom "on a small table sits a glass, a wooden boat, a starfish, too." Hallensleben connects the spread that follows, "if the moon could talk, it would tell of waves washing onto the beach, shells, and a crab resting," with a painting of boats bobbing on a tranquil sea, whose color gently echoes the water glass on the bedside table of the previous spread. The story closes with the child tucked into bed and the moon whispering, "Good night." Hallensleben complements the hushed narrative with warm cushions of paint: the girl's thick blanket is egg-yolk yellow with orange-red dots and the pillows are as deep blue as the night sky. The outdoor panoramas have the same intimacy, whether they feature a lioness and her cubs, or a red tractor lumbering toward a yellow-lit farmhouse. As night gently envelops the landscapes, the words and art convey the snug warmth of a featherbed and a world as small as a neighborhood. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
PW wrote in a starred review, "As night gently envelops the landscapes, the words and art convey the snug warmth of a featherbed and a world as small as a neighborhood." Ages 3-5. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2In this quiet lyrical story by the collaborators of Baboon (Farrar, 1997), a sense of peace prevails. Evening approaches. Inside, a child goes through her bedtime ritualsa story, a glass of water, a hug from Mama. Outside, the moon shines down on a world slowly preparing for nighttimestars appear, wind rocks a tree, a lion licks her cubs. The deeply saturated tones of the lovely, impressionistic oil paintings perfectly match the somnolent feeling of the text. Moonlight illuminates the countryside while warm colors exude a cozy ambiance in the house. The repetitious text adds to the subdued mood. Perfect for one-on-one sharing, this book will enhance bedtime story collections.Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Savor the endpapers, which open with a van Goghlike night scene of muted, window-lit houses clustered around a shining lake. Step into a cozy interior of a child's room at bedtime, inhabited by stuffed animals, a red bed, and an expanse of carpet, radiating all the warmth of Hurd's scene of the great green room. The events here are quiet ones—the ticking of a clock, the reading of a book, the flicking on of a light. Alternating with the interior landscapes is the moon's-eye-view across the globe of other slumber scenes—boats docked at a seaside port, nomads and camels crouched among desert dunes, a lion licking her cubs in a faraway den. A dreaming child blends the two worlds in a caravan of color. Readers and listeners alike will find that the poetic text and molten illustrations glow, ember-like, long after the child of the book has been tucked in and the moon has murmured its good-night. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374435585
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/07/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
484,995
Product dimensions:
9.23(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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