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Rise the moon
Spinelli, Eileen.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2003]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
The moon lights the night for farmers, mothers and babies, wolves, and more.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 68972.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Enchanting scenes of a moonlit night grace the pages of this ode to moon's spell and splendor. Share the magic with a tomcat yowling atop a fence, newly hatched turtles scuttling out to sea, a dancer performing a rooftop recital, and a young mother rocking her baby while bathed in moonlight. An acclaimed author and artist offer something different for bedtime-an inspiring look at how the moon captivates our minds and hearts.

Author Notes

Eileen Spinelli was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 16, 1942. After high school, she worked as a waitress at a local diner, a secretary, and answered phones at an airplane factory. She eventually became the author of children's books. Her picture books include Thanksgiving at the Tappletons, Do You have a Hat, While You are Away, When Mama Comes Home Tonight, Wanda's Monster, Here Comes the Year, A Big Boy Now, and Hug a Bug. She is also the author of several short novels including Lizzie Logan Wears Purple Sunglasses, Lizzie Logan Gets Married, and Lizzie Logan, Second Banana. She received the Christopher Award for Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.

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Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. "So rise the moon, / so round and bright, / let its tender magic fall. / Within its spell of splendor / we are / moon-hearted creatures / all." With the joyful, dreamy feel of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this picture book for the preschool set portrays a nighttime world coming alive under a smiling, benevolent moon. Spinelli's spare, atmospheric poetry, filled with quiet, dream-inspired imagery and the soft, repetitive sounds of a lullaby, introduces each character: the "moonlit artist" who paints a "bowl of light," the "sleepy sailor" on his "swaying schooner," the silver wolf "called to howl its ancient moonstruck sound," and so on. In his signature scratchboard-and-colored-pencil illustrations, Colon beautifully extends the quiet thrill of Spinelli's moonlit scenes with softly textured, full-page images that will mesmerize young ones. Frequent wordless spreads will encourage children to linger over the illustrations and absorb the sense of sleepy mystery that culminates in a beautiful scene of a mother and a baby, swinging under a starry sky, Mother Goose below and cows jumping over the grinning moon above. A final image collects all the characters into a scene that nearly sings with joyful activity. A beautiful, reassuring celebration of night. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

Colon's (My Mama Had a Dancing Heart) richly textured, at times capricious illustrations light up this poetic tribute to the moon and the many magical and mysterious ways it influences and inspires. Wrought in the artist's signature style, the pictures portray various moonstruck beings as they go about their business, suggesting an ethereal connection among those who come alive when the sun goes down. A lunar moth flits across a moonflower vine, which reappears a few pages later on a rooftop as a dancer does a "graceful moon-dance/ on her neighbor's garden stone" (the "neighbor," a painter, has been introduced in the intervening spread). These smooth opening transitions are not evenly maintained, which can be confusing for readers trying to ascertain a pattern. In each scene, a sometimes grandfatherly, sometimes childlike (and mostly full) moon smiles contentedly down on the different night creatures; the moon's expression mimics that of the earthbound character (or characters). Spinelli's (When Mama Comes Home Tonight) verse sometimes runs to excess ("Within its spell of splendor/ we are/ moon-hearted creatures/ all"). Nor does it always make sense. For example, an artist, bafflingly painting by moonlight, "takes his brush/ to paint a bowl of light" (creating a child-friendly image, Colon puts fruit into the bowl). But the sounds of the verse are soothing and, combined with the luxuriant paintings, make for a pleasant bedtime read. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This lyrical paean to the moon describes lovely moments that the creatures of the Earth enjoy under moonlit skies. Soothing, dreamlike verse relates how a diverse group of humans from dancers to astronomers relate to lunar magic. The moon also casts a spell over a lunar moth, an alley cat, a herd of sea turtles, and a pack of wolves whose natural rhythms are governed by the lunar cycle. Col-n's distinctive illustrations full of cobalt and golden hues match the rich, glowing cadences of this delightful lullaby. The bedtime reading ritual is sure to be enriched by this poetic way to end the day.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.