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When the Moon Is High
     

When the Moon Is High

by Alice Schertle, Julia Noonan (Illustrator), Julia Noonan (Illustrator)
 

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Daddy's arms are
warm and wide.
Someone snuggles up inside
to watch the moon
wrap silver light
around the wide
and wakeful night.

Baby can't sleep tonight, and Daddy has a plan to relax them both: a nice moonlit walk. But it's not just baby and Daddy who are out and about. The night has an entire cast of friendly animals that hoot

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Daddy's arms are
warm and wide.
Someone snuggles up inside
to watch the moon
wrap silver light
around the wide
and wakeful night.

Baby can't sleep tonight, and Daddy has a plan to relax them both: a nice moonlit walk. But it's not just baby and Daddy who are out and about. The night has an entire cast of friendly animals that hoot, tussle, and snoop when the moon is high. Alice Schertle's wonderful guess-who poem is matched perfectly with Julia Noonan's dreamy illustrations in this soothing bedtime promenade.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-This soothing bedtime poem will help ease little ones into slumber. When baby can't fall asleep, Daddy takes the child for a stroll around their country home. The full moon lights the way as they encounter several animals that share the bright, calm night with them. For example, they see a creature hidden away in the long grass ("Who's that in a pocket peeking,/hide-and-seeking when the moon is high?") and a turn of the page reveals a mouse. The quiet rhythm of the language and the repetition of phrases offer a serenity that pacifies listeners. Paintings in tranquil colors, predominantly soft blues, greens, and lavender, depict an evening filled with activity. Various perspectives, changing from bird's-eye panoramas to close-up glimpses of the characters to a raccoon's ground-level view, create visually pleasing pages. The story concludes with a sweet picture of the child, illuminated by moonlight, sleeping peacefully in a crib. A gentle winner.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Teary eyes and a pouting lip encourage Daddy to scoop up a restless baby and take him on a soothing walk through the night. Snuggled warm in slippers, father and son embark on a nature walk full of exploration and discovery. "Who's that pocket peeking, / hide-and-seeking when the moon is high?" The following page offers a better look at the hidden night creature, a mouse. The journey continues as the pair identifies an owl riding high in the sky; a raccoon munching berries in a thicket; and a cat floating through the shadows. A skunk, a dog, and a 'possum round out the night visitors, leaving the duo with many exciting things to see and a list of tongue-tying poems to repeat. "Dog out prowling, / snooping, howling? / Cat all flowing, / two eyes glowing? / Skunk out nightly, / black and whitely? / Possum munching, / midnight lunching?" This guess-who poem has served to tire the sleepy baby and Daddy returns his son to bed to sleep under his moon mobile in the light of the actual full moon shining through his window. Softly smudged and shaded illustrations focus on the snuggly child and the wonderful creatures enjoying the moonlit night. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688151447
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.94(w) x 10.44(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Alice Schertle es una celebrada autora de muchos libros para niños. Ha recibido el premio Christopher. Alice vive en New Salem, Massachusetts.

Alice Schertle is an acclaimed author of many children's books, as well as a recipient of the Christopher Award. She lives in New Salem, Massachusetts.

Julia Noonan's many award-winning books for children include Baby Bat's Lullaby by Jacquelyn Mitchard and When the Moon is High by Alice Schertle. Her own books include The Very Best Doll and Hare and Rabbit: Friends Forever. Ms. Noonan has two children and makes her home in Stony Brook, New York.

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