When this book arrived on my doorstep, I knew it was something special.
Inspired by her daughter asking, “Mama, why does the Moon always follow me?” author Jennifer Rustgi explores this idea within the pages of A Moon of One’s Own. A young girl in goulashes and carrying a stick is wandering the world having a conversation with the moon. She asks if the Moon is lonely or playing hide and seek. She compliments it’s brightness and appreciates the aurora borealis. A heart warming short story, this is perfect for bedtime.
I adore the artwork of this book. The large glossy pages jumped out at me, but in a muted way. I was immediately captured by Ashley White‘s color pallet and use of silhouette. Each page shows the protagonist and a setting in silhouette against dark purples and blues of the night sky. The most beautiful part, however, is how the sky interacts with the colors. White for the stars, the moon, and clouds appear on each page, but in a very different way. I appreciate how White draws subtle attention to the sky being different yet the same in every part of the world.
The book concludes with 4 pages labeled “Explore More”. These segments provide educational enhancements appropriate for children, parents, and teacher. The For Kids section actually called out a number of things I hadn’t noticed! For example, throughout the pages of the book the moon is changing phases in the appropriate order. How did I not notice that the first time I read it?! And the For Teachers and Parents section provides adults easy ways to support curiosity around the moon through activities and facts.
This book packs a lot in its short 32 pages. It’s beautiful, educational, and perfect to help children get drowsy for bedtime. If you or your children have any interest in the Moon, I strongly encourage you to read A Moon of One’s Own.