A Kite for Moon, written by New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple and illustrated by award-winning artist Matt Phelan, tells a heartfelt story about a young boy’s fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon. Dedicated to Neil Armstrong, this book gives a nod to the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. moon landing.
About the Book
Dedicated to astronaut Neil Armstrong, A Kite for Moon is the perfect children’s book to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United States moon landing.
What would it be like if the moon was your friend? Find out as you walk alongside a little boy who journeys through life to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. And then blast off with your little one as you zoom to the moon together!
The story begins when a little boy, who is flying his kite, notices a sad Moon. He sends up kites to her, writing notes promising he will come see her someday. This promise propels him through years of studying, learning, and training to become an astronaut. Until … he finally goes up, up, up in a big rocket ship with a fiery tail!
A Kite for Moon, written by New York Times bestselling author of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi Stemple, is a heartfelt story about a young boy’s fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon.
A Kite for Moon:
- Features over 20 gorgeous illustrations by award-winning artist Matt Phelan
- Contains a beautiful presentation page, making this book ideal for gift giving
- Is the perfect storybook for children ages 4 to 8
- Celebrates every child’s fascination with space
- Features a gorgeous cover that sparkles and shines with gloss and foil
In a wistful story that honors Neil Armstrong, the moon is feeling lonely: 'No one below was singing to her. No one was sending up rockets or writing poems about her.' But below, a boy at the seashore sees the moon and senses its unhappiness: 'So he wrote on his kite, promising to come some day for a visit.' Phelan illustrates in loose, curling forms that conjure a sense of movement. In sequential panels, the boy is seen peering through a small microscope, receiving a telescope as a teenager, and, as a young adult, gazing through the window at the moon. After learning to ride a bike and drive a car, the boy learns to 'fly a plane and a rocket. Then one day, when he had learned enough, he went up, up, up in a big rocket ship with a fiery tail.' At last he lands on the moon, touching his hand to its surface: 'and thinsp;'Hello, Moon,' he said. 'I've come for that visit.'and thinsp;' Yolen and Stemple remind readers of the simple awe of a most wonderful journey. Ages 4and ndash;8. (Apr.)
What would it be like if the moon was your friend? In the pages of A Kite for Moon, children ages 4-8 will find out as they walk alongside a little boy who journeys through life to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. The story begins when a little boy, who is flying his kite, notices a sad Moon. He sends up kites to her, writing notes promising he will come see her someday. This promise propels him through years of studying, learning, and training to become an astronaut. Until he finally goes up, up, up in a big rocket ship with a fiery tail! Beautifully illustrated by Matt Phelan, A Kite for Moon is a collaborative picture book written by the team of Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple. While certain to be an enduringly popular and appreciated addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that A Kite for Moon is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781974969197, $14.99, CD).
PreS-Gr 1and ndash;The allure of the moon has been a favorite theme for picture book authors from Margaret Wise Brown and Eric Carle to Frank Asch and Mordicai Gerstein. Yolen has explored it previously in Owl Moon. Here, writing with her daughter, she imagines the trajectory of astronaut Neil Armstrong's lifelong interest. Flying a kite at the beach in the early morning light, a tousle-haired boy becomes aware of the moon's loneliness: 'The stars were all abed./No one below was singing to her./No one was sending up rockets/or writing poems about her.' He knows how good a hug feels, but the moon is too far, so he sends a note via kite--the first of many. Readers watch the boy grow, gazing through telescopes and learning to drive, to fly, and, finally, to undertake a rocket voyage. At his lunar destination, an outstretched hand signals the fulfillment of his early wish. The text is spare but full of warmth and lyricism. Phelan's lively, flowing inked outlines convey both the steadfast connection between boy and orb and the movement born of passion. The paintings contain subtle and pleasing parallels, e.g., the rocket's orange and yellow exhaust mimics the flame-colored tail of Armstrong's childhood kite; the conclusion echoes the opening while extending the message. Panels effectively collapse time at key moments. VERDICT Smooth pacing and narrative clarity combine with an evocative presentation to make this a first choice to celebrate the 50th anniversary of America's moon landing. and ndash;Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library
- ISBN: 9780310756422
- ISBN 10: 0310756421
- Imprint: Zonderkidz
- On Sale: 2019-04-09
- Pages: 32
- List Price: $17.99
- Publisher: Zonderkidz
- Publication Date: 2019-04-09
- Trim Size: 229.000mm x 286.000mm x 12.000mm
- Weight: 439.000gr
- Category 1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment
- Category 2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
- Category 3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General (see also headings under Animals)
- Category 4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Technology
- Category 5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
- Category 6 : NATURE / Dogs
- Category 7 : EDUCATION / Home Schooling