The Moon Over Star

The Moon Over Star


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In July 1969, the world witnessed an awe-inspiring historical achievement when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon. For the young protagonist of this lyrical and hopeful picture book, that landing is something that inspires her to make one giant step toward all of the possibilities that life has to offer.

Caldecott Honor–winning painter Jerry Pinkney and the poetic Dianna Hutts Aston create a moving tribute to the historic Apollo 11 Mission, just in time to commemorate its upcoming fortieth anniversary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803731073
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/16/2008
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 270,735
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of Mama's Wild Child / Papa's Wild Child, When You Were Born (Candlewick), and An Egg is Quiet (Chronicle). She lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Jerry Pinkney is one of America's most admired children's book illustrators. He has won the Caldecott Medal and five Caldecott Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, five New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Awards, the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show Lifetime Achievement Award, and many other prizes and honors. Recently a member of the National Council of the Arts and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has also served on the U.S. Postal Service Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Jerry Pinkney lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Westchester County, New York.

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The Moon over Star 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Further back than my memories go, there have ALWAYS been footprints on the moon. They were there more than a decade before I was born, so I always sorta took this for granted. There have ALWAYS, to my mind, been footprints on the moon (even though I know there haven't), and there have ALWAYS been space shuttles (even though I know there weren't) and there have ALWAYS been astronauts and so on.For my young nieces, we have ALWAYS known about extra-solar planets (some of which are earth-like!), and we have ALWAYS had a camera on Mars, and Pluto has ALWAYS been something OTHER than a planet. We've always had cell phones and GPS and satellite TV, for that matter, as far as they're concerned. It's hard enough for anybody born after the moon landings, I think, to really *feel* what a big thing that was. How quickly it became history, just another obvious fact that everybody knows!This book does a good job of encapsulating the wonder and amazement that I imagine must have been all around for everybody (well, almost everybody) at the time. Space. It was different then, I guess.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young girl is inspired by the moon landing in 1969. A gentle reminder of how incredible the event was and how far we've come.
limeminearia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 1969 Mae is eight years old and she¿s very excited about the Apollo 11 space mission. At church they pray for the astronauts. After she and her cousins get ready for a special dinner at her Gran¿s then build a rocket ship of their own. When Gran calls ¿Come quick, they¿re landing!¿ Gramps is the only one who doesn¿t come running: ¿Gramps kept right on tinkering with the engine.¿ Mae already knows her grandfather thinks space exploration is a waste of money. But not until he misses the excitement that catches not just the kids but all of the other adults, does Mae start to think about why. She sees how tired he is and how hard he works. Later as the family stargazes and eats popcorn Gramps joins them and Mae thinks ¿What I could see above me and what I could see in my imagination, were better than any picture show.¿ But still later the same evening Mae¿s watches the moon landing and is amazed. She feels a hand on her shoulder and her Gramps says ¿I reckon that¿s something to remember.¿ Although on the surface the story is about Mae¿s experience of the moon landing, the underlying meaning is about dreams. At first Mae can¿t understand why her Gramps is so disinterested in what¿s happening. But her realization, possibly one of the first thoughts like it that she¿s had, that Gramps is who he is and cares about what he cares about because the circumstances of his life have been harder than hers, is the heart of the story. The second realization, this time from Gramps, that Mae can dream of and do things that he never would have imagined for himself and he¿s excited for her, is what pulls the story together. The art by Jerry Pinkney switches between crisp images of space and soft-focus scenes from the town of star where Mae lives. Pinkney has won the Coretta Scott King and Caldecott awards and. honors a combined total of fifteen times. His work here is fine but lacks some of the contrast and clarity that typify his best work. The writing is forced at times. Mae doesn¿t seem to think like a child and there is a sappy element to having everyone gain such clear understandings of each other at the exact moment of such an iconic cultural moment. Unlike in Goin¿ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack, Pinkney does not have quite as crisp a prose style or as unique a narrative voice to play off of.What I like about this book and think makes it useful to teachers and librarians is its view of a historic moment from the perspective of a young African-American girl. Particularly in schools and libraries where many of the students are African-American I think it¿s important to use teaching materials that feature Black characters experiencing historic moments other than the civil rights movement and slavery. As librarians we need to be aware when making displays or compiling booklists that we send messages by, however unintentionally, excluding such images, even if the subject of the display is seemingly unrelated to race. It may mean taking time to seek out additional reviews, publishers or resources, but it¿s important to give all children a sense that the history of our nation does not belong to just one ethnic group. Pressure from librarians and professionals has been a factor in the recent diversification of topics and approaches in fiction featuring African-American kids. Genre fiction, which is wildly popular with young readers, is finally starting to have a more varied cast of characters and target audience. The best resource I¿ve found for staying informed about these issues and learning about ¿books that are written by African American authors or contain a majority of African American characters.¿ Is the group blog The Brown Bookshelf¿s The Brown Bookshelf Library. This group of six authors, who write in different genres and for different ages, have organized a great list to keep authors, educators and librarians at the forefront of creating greater visibility for Black characters and authors in children's literature. It¿s importa
petajaye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dianna Hutts Aston has written a charming story that features the Apollo 11 moon landing and how it impacted one family and one child's ability to dream. The story is poignant in the way it captures the great historic event and its impact on at least one African American family. In addition it shared with us the moving relationship between grandfather and grandchild, old and new and the meaning of the moon landing for each one of them. The illustrations are absolutely fantastic and partner well with the text.
NookNoire More than 1 year ago
Both historical and touching, this book gives a rich social context of the moon launch to a little black girl in 1969. It captures the world's excitement about the event as well as reasons for elder's skepticism. But it's a great book to share with children about how an event can inspire a dream in a child and how that dream can come true. Ostensibly, the book is about Mae Jemison as a child, who then went on to become an astronaut. Read it to my 3 and 1 year, but can't wait until they are older when the same book will take on a deeper meaning after learning social studies in school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book appropriate for children.