I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

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by Carolyn Curtis, Alison Jay
     
 

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Embark on a dreamy, nighttime jaunt with a young boy and the moon. Overcoming a fear of the dark and discovering the world at night lives at the heart of this poetic tale. Includes notes about the moon and plants and animals that thrive in the wee hours.

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Embark on a dreamy, nighttime jaunt with a young boy and the moon. Overcoming a fear of the dark and discovering the world at night lives at the heart of this poetic tale. Includes notes about the moon and plants and animals that thrive in the wee hours.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
I Took the Moon for a Walk...is reminiscent of Salter's The Moon Comes Home because it, too, is a poem about the moon's seeming to follow you wherever you go...What's nice is the blend of lyricism and precise observation.—Elizabeth Ward
Publishers Weekly
Children who've noticed the moon magically "following" them everywhere will appreciate newcomer Curtis's poem about a boy's imaginative outing. Jay (Picture This...) characterizes the moon as a bluish gent with stringy limbs, a thin, blue-lipped smile and wise eyes, who follows behind the boy. "I warned the Moon to rise a bit higher/ so it wouldn't get hooked on a church's tall spire,/ While the neighborhood dogs made a train-whistle choir/ when I took the Moon for a walk." (Each verse ends dependably with the same eight words.) Jay's trademark oil paintings with their crackled finish reveal charming details not mentioned in the verse: the moon loses one of its red slippers on the church steeple, for instance, and the boy recovers it in the next spread. The artist successfully marries the cool royal blue of the evening sky with the warm orange-reds of the buildings, many of which seem alive (two arched windows and a clock on the church tower form a face), alongside trees that appear to dance on curvy trunks. Boy and moon eventually link arms and accompany each other to their respective realms: the moon descends to skip across a bridge with the boy; boy and moon sail over a playground, and readers are treated to a bird's-eye-view of a fanciful landscape. Endnotes for this soothing lunar lullaby contain facts about the moon's phases and nocturnal animals. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Curtis's charming rhyme begins, "I took the Moon for a walk last night./It followed behind like a still summer kite,/Though there wasn't a string or a tail in sight/when I took the Moon for a walk." The child's journey continues over a bridge, past a sharp steeple that nearly snags the moon, through a pack of howling dogs, and across the dewy grass. Throughout, the language is fresh and visual: "rust-bellied robins," "neighborhood dogs made a train-whistle choir," "clouds that were fragile as lace." The book ends with two pages of facts about the phases of the moon and some of the animals and plants included in the story. The folk-art-inspired illustrations are a perfect complement to the gentle fantasy. Using oil painted on paper with a crackling varnish, Jay creates a moving, panoramic country landscape in which the pictures tell many stories that children will love to discover-the skinny-legged moon loses a slipper; the neighborhood dogs run out for an evening romp; a gentleman pedals by on a bike, enjoying the still evening. This is a quaint and quiet book worth sharing.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This lyrical story follows an unnamed little boy as he befriends the full moon and walks with it on a summer night. The rhyming text is told in first person, with the repetitive, soothing refrain of the words from the title effectively echoing throughout. The huge, man-in-the-moon character comes down to earth to interact with the boy, and the child later grabs the moon's hand to fly along in one spread. The illustrations employ some sophisticated perspectives, such as one page showing the moon and its reflection in a river, followed by an illustration of the boy and his reflection sandwiched between the moon and its reflection in a closer perspective. Jay's surrealistic oil paintings in muted jewel tones on ivory backgrounds are created by using a crackling varnish, which lends her illustrations an air of antique art. Two pages of additional material about the moon and the world at night are included. (Picture book. 3-7). . . d'Harcourt, ClaireTHE LOUVRE IN CLOSE-UPTrans. by David WharryChronicle (64 pp.)$19.95Mar. 2004

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841488035
Publisher:
Barefoot Books
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Edition description:
New
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
136,809
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile:
AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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I Took the Moon for a Walk 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Nanvar More than 1 year ago
My grandsons never seem tire of this well written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The rhyming of the poem and the illustrations are wonderful. Holds my 2 year old's attention. It's a favorite at bedtime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter who is 2 1/2 is fascinated with the moon at night and wants to go see it. I got this book for her because of that and absolutely love it. We read it almost every night. It has information about the moon in the back that we also talk about. Great art and pictures, good mix of words she understands and words to add to her growing vocabulary.