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Moon and the Stars
     

Moon and the Stars

by Alona Frankel
 

Join Joshua & Prudence, the adorable characters from the best-selling Once Upon a Potty books, in a new series of charming adventures.

Sometimes Prudence is moody and grumpy. She feels like something is missing. What can this special something be?

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Join Joshua & Prudence, the adorable characters from the best-selling Once Upon a Potty books, in a new series of charming adventures.

Sometimes Prudence is moody and grumpy. She feels like something is missing. What can this special something be?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Three phrases are listed one under the other in an attractive box on the title page—"Motto, (I can't get no) satisfaction;" "The Rolling Stones." The makeup of the book is one five-line verse on the recto of each page-spread. The first verse is—"One morning a little girl named Prudence got up on the wrong side of the bed. She felt like something was missing and she was in a bad mood." Each page describes the succession of treats that are offered Prudence to improve her bad mood. These include her grandmother, her grandfather, visiting her next-door playmate Charles, and playing Peter Pan and Captain Hook, complete with proper costume, alone in her room. She has no success at dissipating her bad mood until the book's last page when—"You had better come here right this minute," says Prudence's mother, gathering Prudence in her arms and hugging her very tightly. "It was not the moon. It was not the stars. It was the fullest moon in the starriest sky ever." The story leaves little doubt, then, of what a child needs to soothe away that child's version of all the world's ills. MOTHER! But what of the child who suffers these feelings and has no mother? The answer seems obvious—don't give this book to any child without an adequately loving, caring and devoted mother. Even a caregiver won't do the trick. Also, the first poem hinges on "like!" "Prudence....felt like something was missing and she was in a bad mood." Has "AS IF" disappeared from our literate language completely? 2000, HarperFestival, $6.95. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Carolyn DCL Michaels
School Library Journal
PreS-These are bland takes on potentially interesting themes. On Grandparents' Farm depicts Joshua's journey through a pastel landscape with his parents in their pastel car (that looks like something from The Jetsons, but is called an "old Chevy") to visit his grandparents. Odd images rendered in cartoonlike illustrations are fanciful interpretations of what Joshua sees on the road and what he eats and does at his destination. In The Moon, Prudence gets up on the wrong side of the bed. No matter what anyone does for her, it "felt like something was missing," and each person asks, "What more could you want? The moon and the stars?" Finally, her mother knows exactly what she needs-a great big hug. These characters, who appeared in the Once upon a Potty books (HarperCollins), are a washout here.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780694013852
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Joshua and Prudence Bks.
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 7.33(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

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