Yellow Moon, Apple Moon

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In this delightful bedtime rhyme a young child bids good night to the moon, recalling all the familiar things surrounding her, from her pillow, her book, and her kitten to the swing outside, the robins in the trees, and the starry night. Written by award-winning novelist and poet Pamela Porter, the book is complemented by the swirling, joyful, and whimsical illustrations of Matt James. The words and music for ?At the Gate of Heaven? (?A la puerta del cielo?), a New Mexican ...
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In this delightful bedtime rhyme a young child bids good night to the moon, recalling all the familiar things surrounding her, from her pillow, her book, and her kitten to the swing outside, the robins in the trees, and the starry night. Written by award-winning novelist and poet Pamela Porter, the book is complemented by the swirling, joyful, and whimsical illustrations of Matt James. The words and music for “At the Gate of Heaven” (“A la puerta del cielo”), a New Mexican lullaby, are included.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 6 mo. to 3.

This bedtime rhyme for young children has an interesting structure. Most of the book is a poem in which a young child says good night to the moon as she identifies the familiar items inside and outside her room: "Here's my pillow, Here's my head./ Here's the book my daddy read." Then, as the child mentions her mother saying good night, the mother breaks into a few lines from a traditional lullaby: "At the Gate of heaven." The last few pages repeat the poem's opening lines and show the child falling asleep under a very golden delicious apple full moon. At the end of the book, both the English and Spanish versions of the song are given. The cozy feel of the book is enhanced by the illustrations. Matt James' whimsical style is a bit reminiscent of Matisse and so are his color tones of chartreuse and reds. It is easy to imagine a child deciding this book and the full lullaby are a perfect ritual to go to bed with. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry

School Library Journal

PreS-K- A tousled girl chants herself to sleep by summoning images of her loved and loving world. "Here's my house, my swing, my tree./Here's my window, my bed and me." James's acrylic and ink illustrations have the energy and swirl of a child's imagination, yet his combinations of lively colors are somehow soothing. The house and tree smile indulgently at the girl, their eyes following her like those of fond guardians. The cat smiles as the child shows readers her room with its yellow-flowered bedspread, round blue rug, and leaf-patterned walls. Porter carries listeners gently on a stream of melody and ends with an old New Mexican lullaby called "At the Gate of Heaven." She's prepared listeners for its arrival several pages earlier: "Here's my kitty, soft and dear./Here's my arm to hold her near./Is that Mommy's song I hear?" When the lullaby begins, viewers are transported to a sky filled with childlike angels. The music and words-in English and Spanish-are appended. Yellow Moon, Apple Moon affirms, empowers, and assures while singing youngsters into a charmed world called sleep.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

Kirkus Reviews
In this bedtime mantra, a little girl tells the "yellow moon, apple moon" it's time to sleep before acknowledging the familiar things around her. She points out her house, her swing and her tree where robins snuggle for the night. She jumps on her bed and notes her window, her pillow and the book her daddy read. She singles out her soft, dear kitty. As the house settles beneath the starry night, the little girl settles beneath the covers while her mommy sings a lullaby. The simple rhyming text reminds readers it's time to sleep while primitive acrylic illustrations feature an animated girl in a red sleeper dancing around a fantastical landscape where the house and tree wear smiling faces. As her mother croons good night, the little girl drifts to sleep on a giant yellow moon while barefoot baby angels from the lullaby cavort across a dark night sky. Verbal and visual images of nighttime guarantee safe passage to dreamland while the lyrics and music for the featured New Mexican lullaby provide an added soporific. (Picture book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888998095
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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