A Full Moon Is Rising: Poems

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Publishers Weekly
Singer's sparkling verses celebrate the majesty of the moon as experienced in settings around the world, each distinctly conveyed in Cairns's perceptive watercolors. A "Broadway Moon" peers between skyscrapers as a girl, "an audience of one/ watches and silently applauds." In Haifa, Israel, a family gathers for a meal under a sukkah: "Come rejoice in the fair harvest,/ in the harvests long past,/ and the ones yet to come." The lunar celebration even extends beyond Earth, with a scientist in the International Space Station contemplating both Earth's moon and the Martian moon, Phobos. The breadth of perspectives creates a stirring portrait of a familiar but no less marvelous sight. Ages 6–up. (May)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The same moon shines over all of us and Singer takes readers on a multi-cultural journey to discover the many facets of the moon. The journey begins with Broadway Moon as a small child catches a mere glimpse of the moon though all the skyscrapers. Then it is on the Canada's Bay of Fundy where twice a day the tides move one hundred billion tons of water in and out. In Israel a family celebrates Sukkot with a "vanilla white moonlight frosting us through the fragrant roof." Readers join children parading under colorful lanterns at the festival of the "glorious eighth moon" while in America wheat is harvested "by moonlight brighter than headlights." Singer's journey comes full circle ending at Broadway where the moon, now high enough in the sky "takes a bow." As Singer reminds readers the full moon will encore again in one month's time and "admission is always free." This collection highlights only one phase of the moon but the poems speak of celebrations, customs and beliefs and well as facts about the moon. Expanded information about each poem gives background or science instruction that will deepen the meaning of the work. Handsome watercolors depict each country with attention to detail in the dress and housing of the people but always keep the moon as the star attraction. Maps on the endpapers pinpoint each poem's location around the world. This is a wonderful collection perfect for quiet reflection or to assist a classroom teacher in celebrating diversity or to put a more lyrical spin on the study of the moon. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Starting and ending in New York City, this book takes readers full circle on a 17-poem journey that celebrates the rising of the full moon around the globe. Singer's poetry presents a world of science facts, cultural events, and some of the unusual customs that surround the cyclical occurrence. Her poems create marvelous pictures. She personifies Manhattan's Broadway moon, "It waits behind skyscrapers,/a brilliant actor in the wings,/ready for its monthly debut," and describes the monthly optical illusion in Broome, Australia, "Its glow builds a magic staircase from mudflats to the sky." Along the way, titles invite readers to celebrate the "Moon Festival" in Hong Kong, a "Camel Fair" in India, "Harvest Time" by moonlight in Iowa, and the amazing "Coral Spawning" in the Caribbean. Cairns's vibrant watercolors and warm folk-art style successfully capture the excitement of the around-the-world occurrences. Each poem is graced by her artwork on a bold, brightly colored spread. An introductory page contains lunar facts and figures, and endpapers depict a world map so that youngsters can follow the journey. The combination of descriptive poetry and eye-catching illustrations will invite children to wonder and imagine while the multicultural themes and science facts will excite and satisfy. This title will work quite well as a read-aloud for younger children, and independent readers will find much to think about and appreciate.—Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY
Kirkus Reviews

A celebration of the full moon via various cultures, countries and festivals.

Singer deftly invites readers to consider and appreciate Earth's silvery satellite through poems written in a variety of styles that offer a glimpse of how the full moon is enjoyed and welcomed throughout the world. Several of the offerings reflect fascinating natural phenomena that occur or are influenced during periods of the full moon, and short endnotes about the poems provide helpful, contextual information. Cairns' cheery, childlike, energetic watercolors, feeling the double-page spreads, make the diverse cultures and locales come alive. Readers will be enchanted by the idea that the lovely orb that shines above all the world's peoples has engendered so much wonder and so many rich traditions. In addition to facts about the natural world, readers will learn some interesting trivia: Who knew that when one bends over and looks through the legs the moon looks smaller? Double-page world maps on the endpapers that pinpoint the locales in which the poems are set and a foreword with illustrations of the moon's phases in both hemispheres add to the interest and helpfulness of this volume,enhancing its usefulness as a literary work anda supplement to classroom studies about the moon.

Gentle and lovely, just like its inspiration. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600603648
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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