Friday, March 8, 2013

PPBF: Catching the Moon

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

"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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  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.

  2. You have me totally intrigued, Laura!

  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!

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

  5. Your description sounds dreamy too!

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

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