With You Always, Little Monday

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Who is Little Monday's mommy? Is she Swan, Bear, or Chipmunk? What about Skunk? Little Monday asks nearly every animal in the forest, but he can't find his mommy anywhere. He's just about ready to give up. Then, late one night, Little Monday looks high into the sky and finally discovers her in a most unexpected place.
 
By weaving in the legend of the moon rabbit, this gentle story reminds us all that the...

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Overview

Who is Little Monday's mommy? Is she Swan, Bear, or Chipmunk? What about Skunk? Little Monday asks nearly every animal in the forest, but he can't find his mommy anywhere. He's just about ready to give up. Then, late one night, Little Monday looks high into the sky and finally discovers her in a most unexpected place.
 
By weaving in the legend of the moon rabbit, this gentle story reminds us all that the bond between a parent and child is as far-reaching as the endless night sky.

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Around the world, religions and folk cultures have long linked the rabbit with the moon-an anthropological tidbit that has inspired Côté's (What Elephant?) latest, according to an author's note. Little Monday is a foundling bunny, named for the day of his discovery. While Côté assures readers that "Little Monday and his new friends loved to play games and explore the forest," he yearns to find his mother. After an extensive search exhausts all the possible candidates (including, to his vast relief, the skunk), he hears his name being called from the sky one night, and his mother is revealed to be a magical figure who lives in the moon. "I may not be always nearby, Little Monday," says the moon rabbit, "but I watch over you and light your way in the forest . . . I'm always with you." Fans of Are You My Mother?may find this a bit melancholy, but Cote's illustrations are lyrical and expressive. Working with a limited palette, she evokes the cozy greenness of the forest and the icy blue glow of moonlight. And with just a few deft, scratchy lines, she conveys Little Monday's vulnerability, curiosity and joy. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Little Monday, a baby rabbit, is found one Monday night and named by the friendly forest animals. Wondering who his mother might be, Little Monday sets out to find her. He asks, in turn, Swan, Owl, Bear, Chipmunk, and a series of other creatures who have qualities he admires, but each says no. Discouraged, Little Monday falls asleep. When he awakes later that night, he sees a rabbit up in the moon smiling at him. Although far away, she assures him that she will watch over and be with him always. He wakes his friends up to show them his mother up there, as she wishes him a good night and he falls contentedly asleep. Cote uses mixed media to create a peaceful setting with non-threatening animals, a woodsy stage with minimal detail and tints of color, except for the solid blacks defining the skunks. A page shows Little Monday asking an animal if she is his mother; then the facing page demonstrates how the relationship is impossible: a dripping wet, non-swimming bunny must be pulled out of the water by the swan, for example. The sentimentality of the visual telling increases up to the appearance of the reassuring rabbit in the moon. A note relates the name of Monday and legends of a rabbit in the moon to the story.
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Throughout the world, there exist many legends to account for the appearance of the Rabbit in the Moon (a counterpart of the Man in the Moon). In this Are You My Mother-style explanation, Little Monday, a foundling bunny in a blue coat, spends an exhausting day visiting each of the animals in the forest in search of a likely mommy, but none of them seems quite right. " ‘Never mind,' said Little Monday." Roused from slumber by an unknown force, Little Monday sees, in the big bright moon, a rabbit-smiling at him, reassuring him, sending a moonbeam caress. While the story may not seem much of a surprise, Cote's mixed-media work is a wonder. Deceptively simple on its surface, it is expression-filled and elegant in light and line. Analogous hues of blue and green and honeyed tones of gold and brown create a sense of serenity that lets the reader know that all will end well, and her characters' body language-the turn of a head, the tilt of a chin, the cast of a crayon-dot eye-is eloquent (though some of bunny's poses are positively Peter-ish). Sweetly sentimental. (author note) (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152059972
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

GENEVIÈVE CÔTÉ has illustrated a number of children's books, including The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Minn and Jake by Janet S. Wong; and her own What Elephant? Her editorial art has appeared in the New York Times and other publications. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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