Under the Lemon Moon (Bajo la luna de limon)

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This is a charming story about a young Mexican girl learning about generosity and forgiveness. One night Rosalinda is awakened by a noise in the garden. A man is stealing lemons from her beloved tree! She consults the wise old woman La Anciana, who offers her a creative solution. Watercolor and pastel illustrations make the story appealing for young readers who are learning the pleasures sharing. The Spanish vocabulary in the book gives the characters a sense of place. ...
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Overview

This is a charming story about a young Mexican girl learning about generosity and forgiveness. One night Rosalinda is awakened by a noise in the garden. A man is stealing lemons from her beloved tree! She consults the wise old woman La Anciana, who offers her a creative solution. Watercolor and pastel illustrations make the story appealing for young readers who are learning the pleasures sharing. The Spanish vocabulary in the book gives the characters a sense of place.

Smithsonian Notable Book for 1999 and Parents' Choice Siver Honor Book.
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People for 2000 NCSS/CBC.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Rosalinda wakes from a dream to see a dark figure stripping her lemon tree of its fruit. By the time she gets outside, the man is gone and the tree is languishing. The anguished child asks advice from Abuela, who suggests that she seek out La Anciana, a spirit of nature, healing, and wisdom. Rosalinda searches everywhere, but it is only after she sees the thief and his impoverished family selling lemons in the market that she meets the spirit. La Anciana gives Rosalinda a short lecture on understanding and compassion and a branch to tie onto the tree that night. The girl does so, and overnight the tree yields huge lemons, which she joyfully picks and distributes to her family and friends. She gives the last one to the thief with instructions to "Siembra las semillas. Plant the seeds." The story is satisfying on several levels. Justice and compassion are both served, and a way out is given to the thief, who occasions more pity than anger. Spanish words and phrases, gracefully defined in the text, add to the richness of the narrative. The primitive watercolor illustrations, long on bright color and strong line, augment the story beautifully. It could be effectively used with Alma Flor Ada's The Gold Coin (Atheneum, 1991) to provoke discussion about how understanding can create motivation for positive change.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Hungry Mind Review
The gentle story is written in English with a few Spanish words included to give the flavor of the Mexican countryside, and is told in the great tradition of giving and receiving.
Kirkus Reviews
Rosalinda awakens one night to discover a person she calls the Night Man stealing the lemons from her favorite tree, which consequently sickens. To no avail, Rosalinda seeks advice from family and neighbors on how to save the tree. After she sustains the shock of seeing the Night Man selling her lemons in the market, Rosalinda is approached by La Anciana, the mythical wise woman who reputedly roams the earth healing things and helping them to grow. Rosalinda reverently follows La Anciana's suggestions and the tree produces large lemons overnight. Overjoyed at the recovery of her tree, Rosalinda shares her bounty and, in a shining example of grace, gives her last lemon to the Night Man and his ragged family with instructions on how to plant his own lemon trees. While this is a moving tribute to the need for compassion and forgiveness, some may want to explain further the story's ambiguous response to theft—that the man's desperate situation compelled him to steal—when sharing the book with children. Still, Fine offers a litigious world an inspiring example of the power of forgiveness, while Moreno's luminous watercolors gently depict rural life in Mexico. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880000694
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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