Friday, March 8, 2013

PPBF: Catching the Moon

KID LIT BOOK CLUB:
Share your favorite picture book about friendship during the month of March. I hope you'll join the discussion!


Title: Catching the Moon
Author/IllustratorMyla Goldberg/ Chris Sheban
Publisher/Date: Arthur A. Levine Books: An Imprint of Scholastic Inc./2007
Genre/Audience: Fiction/Ages 4+
Themes: Fishing; Moon: Phases, Tides; Moon Myths: Moon is made of cheese, Man in the Moon; Friendship

Opening
"Hardly anyone noticed when the Fisherwoman started fishing at night."

Synopsis: (From book jacket)
"Every night, when the moon comes out, an old woman sits and fishes with rod, reel and ... a mouse? Whoever heard of such silliness? No one else would fish in the dark! But the Fisherwoman knows what she's doing, and everyone else will soon find out."

Why I Love This Book
This enchanting story looks and feels like a dream. A luminous guest befriends the Fisherwoman, visiting every month when there is no moon. A ritual of sharing tea begins and the woman starts receiving strange gifts. She finally shares her reason for fishing at night and her guest has a solution for her problem. I think I am a sucker for books about unusual and unexpected friendship. Combine that with lyrical language and you have me every time.

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7 comments:

  1. Sounds like the moon has become a friend. You've left me wondering why fishing at night is a problem, if it is comforting for the woman? Am going to have to read the book to find out. Great activities.

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  2. You have me totally intrigued, Laura!

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  3. That's a sweet cover. The story sounds intriguing. Mystery and special friends. Sounds great to me! I'll have to check it out!

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  4. I'm intrigued by the mouse. It does not appear to be used as bait. hmmmmm

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  5. Your description sounds dreamy too!

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  6. Wow, what a gorgeous cover! Good opening line too. I can't wait to look for this one. Thanks.

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  7. Thanks for adding this one. We'll look this it up.

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