The sun lights the day and the moon lights the night, and morning seldom breaks to find them both up in the sky. But when the moon does stay up past dawn, the people of Oaxaca, Mexico, have an explanation: “The moon was at a fiesta.” Once again, Matthew Gollub and Leovigildo Martínez have created a sumptuous original tale set amid the rich folk culture of Mr. Martínez’s own Oaxaca—a tale as exhilarating as a moonlit fiesta full of music, tamales, and paper lanterns.California Department of Education Suggested Reading TitleArtwork honored by the Society of Illustrators in New YorkPaintings and text displayed in Art Institute of Chicago and over 40 museums nationwide
|Edition description:||Mexican folktale|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.10(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Matthew Gollub is a nationally known children’s author, speaker and performer. He has created 18 picture books which together have garnered 25 national awards and distinctions. His musical narrations on audio CDs accompany some of his most popular books including The Jazz Fly and Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga. A dynamic drummer and bilingual presenter, he has also performed at over 1,000 elementary schools nationwide, inspiring students and families to read for fun. He lives with his family in Santa Rosa, CA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When the stars tell the moon that they want to have as much fun as the sun has she tries to let them. She gets all of the people from the town to get together and have a party at night. While having so much fun she forgot to let the people know it was time to go to bed, s the next day all the people were tired and sleeping. That day the moon realized that she shouldn't do that again because the people need their sleep.
"Mom, why is Luna still in the sky?" My children have asked me this very question. Matthew Gollub's original creation myth seeks to answer this query in this delightful picture book. A jealous Moon wants to commune with the human race like the Sun. She enlists the aid of her new friends and the festival planners. To honor her, the padrinos arrange all to create a colorful celebration, replete with lanterns and manigotes (giant papier-mâché puppets). Even a mermaid joins the effort. After much food and dancing, the Moon and the villagers fall asleep when the Sun arrives. The illustrations by Oaxacan artist Leovigildo Martinínez remind me of the pottery of the region, shaded bright colors over sand and earth tones. His art lends a mythic quality to the real life festivities that this story describes. At the back of the book, you will find a few Spanish terms defined and a short historical note that invites discussion. My 4 and 8-year-old children and I have talked about the ways that different peoples seek to understand their world. "The Moon was at a Fiesta" has opened up an opportunity to explore a multi-cultural milieu of fable and legend. Mr. Gollub has, in fact, written another such story that I can recommend, "Uncle Snake," with pictures by the same artist. Both stories are wonderful additions to lend an international quality to your child's bookshelf. Both are also available in Spanish.