Continuing the Christie Wild Wright PB 14:14 Challenge, I will review BEAUTIFUL MOON and focus on one of the Top 10 Story Elements for Picture Books.
My goal is to dedicate this blog to nonfiction books. But once in a while, I find a book so enchanting, I have to share it with the world. This is THAT BOOK!!! So here goes.
Title: A BEAUTIFUL MOON
Author: Tonya Bolden
Illustrator: Eric Velasquez
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publishing Year: 2014
Word Count: TBD
Picture Book Element: Theme
Summary: A young boy awoke. He forgot to say his prayers. Outside his
window, a beautiful harvest moon illuminated the city around him and its
many inhabitants. As the moon slowly made its way across the heavens,
the boy offered a simple prayer for the homeless, the hungry, and others.
In January, I sat in Barnes and Noble, read this book, and bawled my eyes out. It has been awhile since I read a picture book and cried. And I hate to admit my experience, but this is true. From the moment I looked at the cover of this book, I was captivated. The boldness of the blue, the calligraphy of the title, and the praying child tugged my heart.
This book is amazing. The first spread has people walking through the city at night. The text on the page reads: The amber orb floats, washing the night with radiant glow. Stars hide. Only city lights glitter. It's not a silent night. Car horns beep and blare. There is music in the air. And someone calls out, "I love you!"
On the second spread, a little boy is crawling out of bed. The text reads: A little boy wakes up, scrambles out of bed, and drops to his knees. He forgot to say his prayers.
On the third spread, the little boy kneels, clasp his hands, and prays. The text reads: Just before he shuts his eyes, he spots a wonder in the sky. "What a beautiful moon," he whispers. Then he bows his head.
Besides the beautiful illustration, the theme throughout this book is noted on every page - COMPASSION. There are sub themes as well.
***Homelessness~ "Blocks away, a woman, bundled up, a park bench her bed, gazes at the beautiful moon, willing herself warm."
***WAR ~ "...The little boy prays for war to end."
***SICKNESS ~ "...The little boy prays for the sick to be healed."
***HUNGRINESS ~ "Around the corner, by the light of the beautiful moon, sad souls stare at bare kitchen cabinets, longing to see them stocked with rice and beans, noodles and peas, chicken soup and cereal."
"The little boy prays for people, little and big, to have the food they need."
***COMMUNITY ~ The little boy goes on to pray for his grandmother, mother, father, turtle (cute), and teacher.
And on the last spread, the little boys sleeps. The text reads: "He promises that when tomorrow night comes, he won't forget to pray. And the beautiful moon goes on its way."
I dabbed the corner of my eyes. The amazing illustration mixed with the poetic text put this book in a category all by itself. I love this book.
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