Friday, June 15, 2018

"Sing to the Moon" - a bookwrap


Authored by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl 
Illustrated by Sandra van Doorn

* Age Range:  4-7
* Grade Level: 1-2
* Publisher: Lantana Pub
* Publishing date:  October 1, 2018
* Language: English 

Unwrapping some beautiful pictures for you to enjoy

About the book

This is a lovely tender rhyming book to share with a child at bedtime or anytime.  Often in our busy world we don't know how to spend our time on a rainy day when we have no choice but to hunker down and have to remain inside.  This book is inspiring as it passes on the almost forgotten traditional of spending quality time together ...  face-to-face (not on FaceTime) while the rain relentlessly pelts down outside our window! 

A dreary rainy day has landed in Uganda and a grandfather (Jjajja) and his beloved grandson spend the cloistered day enjoying each other's company. 

"If I had one wish, I would reach the stars, then ride a supernova straight to Mars!"
"Jjajja tells me, "Sing to the moon," and perhaps my wish will be granted soon." 

Jjajja tells intriguing stories of his childhood friends, receives help cleaning up around home, and together they prepare a nutritious fish stew to enjoy at dinner.  The two experience night adventures together by reading books about bold kings and crooks by candlelight.  After the rain has subsided they wander outside under the stars "where the night croons." Cuddling together ...

"Jjajja reminds me that I'm always loved... by even the brightest of stars up above."

At bedtime Jjajja says goodnight, plants a kiss, and his last words spoken quietly are... "Sing to the moon." 

The illustrations are whimsical and magical which I love and the colour pallet is soothing and calm.  I recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author

  Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl was born in the United States to Ugandan parents. For more than ten years, she has worked in international development in East and Southern Africa.

Meet the illustrator

Sandra van Doors was born in France and now lives in Australia.  She studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver before embarking on her career as a children’s illustrator. 

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