Cover image for Beautiful moon : a child's prayer
Title:
Beautiful moon : a child's prayer
Author:
Bolden, Tonya.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Summary:
"Under a radiant moon and surrounded by all the noises of the city at night, a little boy prays for those in need, for wars to end, for the sick to be healed, and for all the members of his family"--
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 170608.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781419707926
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Audubon Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Oversize
Searching...
Clarence Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Crane Branch Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
East Delavan Branch Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Grand Island Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Kenmore Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Lancaster Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Frank E. Merriweather Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
North Park Branch Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Niagara Branch Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Orchard Park Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Anna M. Reinstein Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Searching...
Central Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

A young boy wakes. He has forgotten to say his prayers. Outside his window, a beautiful harvest moon illuminates the city around him and its many inhabitants. As the moon slowly makes its way across the heavens, the boy offers a simple prayer for the homeless, the hungry, and others.

Critically acclaimed author Tonya Bolden teams up with award‑winning illustrator Eric Velasquez to create a richly painted and emotionally complex book that celebrates prayer and kindness while recognizing the diversity of the world around us.

nbsp;


Author Notes

Tonya Bolden is the author of ten books, including "Strong Men Keep Coming", "The Family Heirloom Cookbook", & "33 Things Every Girl Should Know". She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* A young African American boy realizes that he has not said his prayers. As he climbs out of bed, he spots the moon gleaming in the sky. From there this book, with heartfelt simplicity, uses the moon as a beacon for those across the city in need of prayer. Among them are a woman resting on a park bench, trying to keep warm; a businessman on a train, worrying about his daughter fighting overseas; and a hospital patient gazing out his window, wishing for sleep. Though the boy cannot see any of these people, he prays for them instinctively in his thoughts for people with no homes, for wars to end, for the sick to be healed, and for those who are hungry to be fed. Then he prays for his family, for those close to him who make his own life so happy, and he prays that tomorrow he will remember to pray. This oversize volume is a beautiful weaving of word, art, and spirit. Bolden's restrained but eloquent text is matched by Velasquez's dark, almost brooding paintings. These nighttime scenes reveal people at their lowest hungry, sad, afraid. Yet just the intention behind the boy's words has a soothing effect. The palette brightens whenever people are shown helping, providing food or reading a story to children. A good starting place for discussion, this will give youngsters a sense of those in need as well as what's worth praying for.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Starred Review. Bolden (Maritcha: A 19th Century American Girl) expands a pleasingly simple premise into a depiction of the profound possibility of prayer. It's night. An "amber orb"-the moon-floats above the city, and a boy startles awake in bed, having forgotten to say his nightly prayers. Velasquez (My Uncle Martin's Big Heart) shows the subjects of the boy's prayers-"people with no homes," the hungry, the lonely, "for wars to end." His prayers move from his outer circle of concern to his inner, as the boy includes his parents, "Grandma Grace," "Mikey, his turtle," and his wish for his teacher "to read a story every day." Velasquez's illustrations, done in mixed media and oil on watercolor paper, convey mostly urban scenes in dark blues and browns, each illuminated by moonlight, which are both peaceful and full of detail. The book offers young readers plenty to look at, along with a simple message about the way prayer unites everyone, as the multicultural subjects in Velasquez's gorgeous illustrations make clear. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Jennifer Lyons, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content LLC. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-On a summer night, a full golden moon lights up the busy dark city streets and inspires the prayers of a boy who scrambles out of bed to kneel for the ritual he had forgotten. One by one, readers are shown four city scenes in which the moon shines over people oblivious to its beauty: a homeless woman huddling for warmth on a bench, a man on a commuter train thinking of his soldier daughter far away, an elderly man in his hospital room, and two "sad souls staring at bare kitchen cabinets." The child prays in turn "for people with no home...for wars to end...for the sick to be healed...for people, little and big, to have the food they need." Having covered these larger social needs, he moves on to more personal concerns, praying for family members, his turtle," for his teacher to read a story every day." Velasquez's double-page scenes are painted in dark tones with early light on the faraway armed soldiers and their helicopter and brighter warm tones in the foreground of the soup kitchen. The simple narrative, which juxtaposes social concerns with prayer lines attributed to the "little boy," seems most likely to resonate with adults. The tone of the youngster's personal prayers and the concluding view of him tucked back into bed are more childlike. The diverse people sharing the night, the realistic dilemmas of the people in need, and the handsome presentation should serve well as bedtime reading for families practicing daily prayer.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Google Preview