Jack and Jill and the Man in the Moon

Jack and Jill and the Man in the Moon

Jack and Jill and the Man in the Moon

Jack and Jill and the Man in the Moon


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Jack and Jill and the Man in the Moon is a rhyming picture book based on an ancient Scandinavian legend that explained the waxing and waning moon and that served as the basis of the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme. When the people of ancient Sweden looked at the patterns of light and dark on the lunar surface, they saw not a "man in the moon" but two children, Hjuki and Bil, translated over time as Jack and Jill. Jack and Jill leave their farmhouse every night in a glen and climb a hill to fetch a pail of water from a well, and when the moon sees the children, he sweeps them into the sky to become his companions. When Jack and Jill frolic on the moon, it becomes a full, round ball, and Scandinavian sky watchers recognized the children's faces peering down at them from the lunar surface. While tumbling with Mister Moon in his silver sky palace, the Moon fills the children's pail with magic moon dew, and the moon wanes; drained of moisture. When the children tumble back to earth, they bring with them a bit of moon magic, shimmering like silver in their pail. They water the fields and renew the earth. Then they watch Mister Moon grow full, until they visit him again the next month.

This book lends itself to educational and classroom use. As a teacher's resource, the story can be used to teach the lunar phases. It can be used to teach the colors of the rainbow, which, in this book, the children climb to reach the moon's silver sky palace. It can also be used to compare and contrast what people from different cultures recognized when they looked at the patterns of light and dark on the moon's surface. Vivid illustrations by Claudie C. Bergeron show the children's shadows on the Moon as they turn and tumble, and how the children's encounter with Mister Moon carries the moon through the phases.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798985671537
Publisher: Tamra Andrews
Publication date: 04/25/2022
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Tamra Andrews is a children’s author and education writer enchanted with myths and legends of the natural world. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in library and information science, both from the University of Texas at Austin. For many years, Ms. Andrews wrote radio scripts on historical astronomy and sky legends for NPR’s Star Date, an astronomy radio show produced by the McDonald Observatory. She wrote for Star Date and children’s magazines on a freelance basis, in addition to writing educational materials and working as a part-time reference librarian in college libraries. In her spare time, Ms. Andrews enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, and spending time on Lake Travis. She has two daughters and two granddaughters, and she lives in Spicewood, Texas with a white German shepherd named Lyla.
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