Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey

Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey

Who would you be if you could trade places with someone for a day?  Whose shoes would you choose to walk in? What if you had to be that person forever? Now, that’s a different story.
In Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey, the Moon desires to be the Sun, just for a day. Sun agrees, conditionally—Moon must spend an entire night looking closely at the earth, not just looking, but seeing.  If Moon still wants to trade places, it will be eternally.

Yankey's picture book captures the majesty of nocturnal beauty: a family of raccoons trailing through a forest, a quiet field of fireflies, the flowers of a baobab tree. This exotic tree grows in Africa and is known as The Tree of Life. The story is a calming one; a good read aloud at bedtime for young children. Adults who enjoy picture books for their artistic merits and lyrical text, will appreciate Sun and Moon, a Kansas Notable Book winner for 2016. 

Illustrations in this book, mostly two page spreads, are filled with colorful patterns from linoleum prints. The cover design is dramatic which makes the book stand out among other children’s picture books. The bright orange organic shapes of two foxes with luminous patterns in the background contrast with a dark sky and off centered moon.

As a child on a long family road trip, I was fascinated when my parents told me the moon would follow us throughout the night. I stared at the bright orb the entire car ride and was not disappointed. Every time I looked out the window, I could see the moon. It you or your children are captivated by the moon's magic and stories about the moon, check out Sun and Moon or Max and the Tag-Along Moon. Both titles are available at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

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