The Sun and Moon: A Giant Love Story

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Told in simple and moving prose, this book tells the story of two lonely giants who are destined to find each other. Full color.

A girl giant, afraid of the light, and a boy giant, afraid of the dark, live lonely lives following only the moon or the sun until an eclipse brings them together.

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Overview

Told in simple and moving prose, this book tells the story of two lonely giants who are destined to find each other. Full color.

A girl giant, afraid of the light, and a boy giant, afraid of the dark, live lonely lives following only the moon or the sun until an eclipse brings them together.

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Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
Two lonely giants wander the earth in this large format book. One faithfully follows the moon and the other basks in sunlight. They finally meet each other and connect powerfully during an eclipse. The subject-how ordinary and extraordinary people come together and how love is unique and the accompanying illustrations are unlikely choices for a picture book. However, the author's skillful text and dramatic pictures relate how people can be destined to come together because they are soulmates. The story is likely to generate many questions from young listeners and readers.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-Imaginative, mixed-media illustrations bring this unusual love story to life. A giant girl walks around the world, following the moon and looking for someone her size. On the opposite side of the planet, a sun-loving boy, also a giant, searches for another person as large as himself. The two are "as far apart as the sun and moon-as far apart as two people could be." A two-page spread shows the Earth with day and the boy on one side and night and the girl on the other. When the sun and moon move closer together, the girl begins to dream of sunshine while the boy dreams of moonbeams. The two planets meet (in a solar eclipse) and the lonely giants finally see one another. United at last, they stay together, sharing night and day, while the sun and moon continue to move. "They were giants on the same planet...and they belonged together." Desimini's light telling fits this unusual tale. The illustrations are fascinating, with inventive perspectives and beautiful deep colors. The contrast between the girl's night world and the boy's daytime stands out clearly, making the eventual meeting of the two especially pleasing. The grand illustrations and the simple fable clearly (but subtly) convey the larger idea that love and friendship might be found in someone different from yourself.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
Boy meets girl in this contemporary parable about the strength of love and friendship. Two giants inhabit the planet but never meet-one is a girl "who was so tall her feet were on the ground and her head was in the heavens," the other a boy with his feet on the ground and his head in the clouds. Like night and day, the two wander endlessly in search of a companion their own size. In their loneliness, they can't find each other, until an eclipse brings the personified sun and moon together, "face to face." Symbolically, the girl gives the precious gift of a star she has caught in her pocket to help with his fear of the dark, and the boy plucks a cloud from the sky to shade the sun because she is unaccustomed to bright daylight. Hand in hand, "the boy and girl learned to laugh, and they learned to play," conveying their message of belonging. Computer-scanned images-hair, fabric, photos, pieces of painting-combine in other-worldly montages of the giants' lives. The sentiments are lovely, but the tale is driven more by the art and symbolism than plot. (Picture book. 4-7) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590187206
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.79 (w) x 12.38 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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