Friday, January 6, 2017

If You Were the Moon - a bookwrap

Today's book is about our beloved moon.  People have written stories, poems, ogled it,  studied it, taught about it, and been deeply mesmerized by that amazing nightlight that shines forth faithfully in our sky each night.   

Today's book is about this tireless superhero and why he is not just a handsome face smiling down on us from his perch high in the sky.


"If You Were the Moon"

Authored by Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrated by Jaime Kim

Ages 5-7
Grades K-2

Illustrations for you to enjoy...

About the book...

This is the perfect bedtime story to share with a bright full moon shining in through the bedroom window.  It seems everyone is enthralled with the moon and many think it is just a big old light  sitting around putting in time until the sun arrives in the morning and relieves it of its nightly duties.   Young readers will learn that the moon is a very busy fellow and while half of the world is sound asleep he is multi-tasking and accomplishing important things such as keeping our wobbly world on its axis, now that's no small task.

"If You Were the Moon" is a non-fiction book wrapped up in beautiful illustrations that will engage kids (and adults) from cover to cover.  The imparted information regarding the moon's role and why it exists are many.  Bold vibrant illustrations have simple text embedded in them that explains the concept of gravity, inspires the arts, controls the tides, effects nocturnal animals, provides a lighted pathway for baby sea turtles, helps agriculture, and explains its very origin,  just to name a few.  The friendly personified moon, a wise and caring character, informs in plain terminology the role he plays night after night in our vast universe as he slowly moves across the sky. 
  Bedtime story + astronomy lessons = a winning combination that I highly recommend.  It should be included in school classrooms and libraries everywhere.  

Storywraps rating:  5+++... Hugs!!!!!

About the author...

Former teacher Laura Purdie Salas has written more than 125 books for kids, including the CAN BE... series (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice) and BOOKSPEAK! (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable). Laura shares inspiration and practical tips with educators about poetry, nonfiction, and more, and she loves to visit schools to share reading and writing love. Visit Laura at

Besides reading and writing, Laura loves going on adventures, working out, playing games, singing (badly--at home), and doing Rock Band.

About the illustrator...

Jaime (Jimyung) Kim  was born and raised in Korea before moving to the USA when she was 18. Although she was a timid child who was afraid of just about everything, she discovered a sense of serenity in drawing. As a grown-up, Jaime finally stopped being afraid of everything, but kept on drawing and painting. She works with gouache and acrylics to create nostalgic and dreamlike illustrations, inspired by childhood memories of her family, as well as movies, art, and the outside world. Her favorite things are the sun, the moon, the sky and stars – which is why they always creep into her artwork.



Society of Illustratrs Original Art Show

Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Annual

3x3 Children's Book Show Merit Awarded

EMULSION East City Art 
Society of Illustators Student Competition
3x3 illustration show Honorable Mentioned

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