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Imani's Moon

Imani's Moon


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A delightful mix of folklore and fantasy follows Little Imani as she works up the courage and confidence in herself to achieve big things. 

Little Imani is the smallest one in her village. The other children make fun of her and tell her she's too tiny, that she's an ant, that a meerkat might stomp her, and that she'll never amount to anything. Imani begins to believe them.

At bedtime, Imani's mama tells her traditional Maasai stories about the moon goddess Olapa and Anansi the spider. They accomplished the impossible. Imani's mama tells her that she is the one who needs to believe if she wants to reach new heights. So Imani sets out to touch the moon.

An unforgettable story about the power of believing in ourselves that is sure to inspire young readers to reach for their own moons.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934133576
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 550,912
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

JaNay Brown-Wood is an early childhood professor and the author of several books for children, including Imani's Moon and Grandma's Tiny House. She also contributed to the poetry anthology Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. Much of JaNay's work is intended to celebrate casual diversity, primarily featuring black characters. JaNay lives in California.

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"Look at tiny Imani! She’s no higher than a lion cub’s knee!"
"Careful, Imani! Don’t let the meerkats stomp on your head!"
"Mini Imani! You’ll never accomplish anything!"
Day in and day out, the children teased, and Imani began to believe.
Every night, Imani headed home sad and ashamed for Mama to lift her spirits with stories. This night, Mama told her of Olapa, goddess of the moon, who fought great battles.

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