What the Moon Said

What the Moon Said

by Gayle Rosengren


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ISBN-13: 9780399163524
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/20/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 677,933
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gayle Rosengren grew up in Chicago and lives near Madison, Wisconsin. A school librarian for many years, she now writes full-time. Her mother's move from the city to a farm during the Great Depression helped inspire Esther's story.

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“Rosengren’s depiction of the Great Depression from a child’s perspective rings true . . . Sensitive and engaging." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“It’s easy to root for Esther, who makes the most of each day, wants little, and gives much.“ —Publishers Weekly

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What the Moon Said 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
weetara More than 1 year ago
This is a touching, beautifully written portrait of a young girl and her sometimes difficult relationship with her mother, set against a perfectly-rendered 1930's backdrop. Readers will easily identify and bond with Esther as she gives up the comforts of city life for new adventures on a farm in Wisconsin and beyond. I would love to read a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gayle Rosengren’s tender story of a depression-era girl longing for the love and acceptance of her mother is both heart-wrenching and hopeful. After Esther’s father loses his job, the family must move from Chicago to a Wisconsin farm. As if enduring harsh conditions wasn’t difficult enough, Esther’s superstitious mother throws away her beloved doll and forbids Esther from seeing her only friend. Based on true incidents in the author’s life, WHAT THE MOON SAID is a story of a family needing to endure, forgive and adjust. Suitable for the classroom, especially fourth and fifth grades.
christophermarlowe1 More than 1 year ago
"What the Moon Said" (which I have read twice) is an absolutely terrific book, with one of the best main characters, vibrant & lovable Esther, in recent Middle Grade literature.  And so skillfully written, with just the right voice for someone of Esther's age, a perfect structure (flows seamlessly from scene to scene, chapter to chapter), and beautiful use of language.  A great mother-daughter relationship book.  Also, because it is written so well and at an age-appropriate level for Middle Grade minds, would be a terrific "read out-loud" book for home or the classroom.  And a fun read for adults, too.