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New Moon

New Moon

by Pegi Deitz Shea

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Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction


Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

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Children's Literature - Wendy Ricci
This book brings to life the innocent joy and wonder of a young child who is first discovering the natural world. After big brother shows little sister Vinnie the moon for the first time, she asks for it each day, though it is not always easily visible. Big brother tries showing her pictures in different books and telling her moon stories, but nothing compares to the special afternoon when he gets to take her to the top of the hill to see the moon during the day! Cut paper illustrations will boldly capture the attention of young readers. A warm book about a special brother and sister relationship.
School Library Journal
PreSIn this sweet, gentle story, Vincena has just discovered and fallen in love with the full winter moon outside her window. When the next few nights are cloudy and moonless, Vinnie is heartbroken. Her doting older brother (the narrator) shows her pictures in books and recites moon nursery rhymes for her, but still she misses the real one. Finally, the new moon reappears-during the day. The two youngsters don their snowsuits and run out to celebrate. Poetic but simple, Shea's text rings true to the voice of a six or seven-year-old boy. Falwell's mixed-media illustrations bring the words to life and then some, particularly in the scene in which our hero (with construction paper cat-ears taped to his baseball cap) plays "Hey Diddle Diddle" on a pasta-box fiddle so his sister can jump over a crayoned moon in her homemade cow hat. Bold, lively colors and textures are montaged from cut paper, block prints, layered tissue, and fabric. The artist's skill with color will make youngsters shiver and melt, often in the same picture. The children's dark-eyed faces are painted simply but brim with personality. The text is printed clearly but unobtrusively along the sides of the pages. This book is a little gem. Children who read it will all wish they had a brother like Vincena's.Karen L. MacDonald, Fairmount Public Library, Sandwich, MA

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Highlights Press
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Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 9.99(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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