And If the Moon Could Talk by Kate Banks

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It is night. Inside a house, a child is getting ready for bed. A hall light is switched on, toys and animals are settled in their places. Papa reads a story, Mama comes in to say good night, dreams wait to enter sleep...And if the moon could talk, it would tell of the many different nighttime activities that it sees from its vantage point, outside the house and high, high above.

In this tranquil, evocative picture book, text and pictures illuminate interior and exterior nighttime scenes, showing us what the moon might see-and say, if it could talk.  And If the Moon Could Talk is the winner of the 1998 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books.
 

About Kate Banks

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Published July 1, 2000 by Spoken Arts. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Readers and listeners alike will find that the poetic text and molten illustrations glow, ember-like, long after the child of the book has been tucked in and the moon has murmured its good-night.

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PW wrote in a starred review, "As night gently envelops the landscapes, the words and art convey the snug warmth of a featherbed and a world as small as a neighborhood."

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In the child's bedroom ""on a small table sits a glass, a wooden boat, a starfish, too."" Hallensleben connects the spread that follows, ""if the moon could talk, it would tell of waves washing onto the beach, shells, and a crab resting,"" with a painting of boats bobbing on a tranquil sea, whose...

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