I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me by Jonathan London

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An expansion of the classic nursery rhyme into a text which captures a child's perfect day in the midst of mountains, trees, flowers, and other aspects of nature.
 

About Jonathan London

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Jonathan London was born a "navy-brat" in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences but never formally studied literature or creative writing. He began to consider himself a writer about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. For some 20 years before he penned his first children's book, London was writing poetry and short stories for adults. In the early 1970s, he was reading his poems in San Francisco jazz clubs, and those experiences found their way into his witty children's book Hip Cat, which has been featured on the PBS children's television show Reading Rainbow. After writing down the tale The Olw Who Became the Moon in 1989, London began to wonder if other people might want to read it. He picked up his kids' copy of Winnie-the-Pooh and saw that the book was published by Dutton, so he casually decided to send his story to them. Surprisingly enough, they wanted to publish him. Working with different illustrators, and occasionally with co-authors, London has produced literally dozens of books. Most have appeared under his name, but some have come out under a pseudonym, which still remains a secret.He has published over forty books and has earned recognitions from organizations like the National Science Teachers Association. Peter M. Fiore has illustrated many books for children, including "Touching the Sky" by Louise Borden and "Henry David's House, " edited by Steven Schnur. Mr. Fiore has been interested in art since he was a young boy, and in addition to his book work, Mr. Fiore is well known as a fine artist. Mr. Fiore has received many awards and citations for his editorial illustration, including a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators.Mr. Fiore lives along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania with his family.
 
Published March 1, 1996 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Westerns. Fiction

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Taking the verses as a starting point for his paintings, and with pleasing circularity, Fiore follows a young boy with a bright red backpack and equally red kite through a day brimming with activity in a wide variety of settings: a stroll along a quiet morning street, kite-flying on a windy shore...

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Adapted from a classic nursery rhyme, this peaceful, repetitive text, about a boy enjoying the beauty of the natural world, is paired with sun-drenched, impressionistic paintings.

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London (Red Wolf Country, reviewed below) amplifies the Irish folk song about the moon (``I see the moon/ and the moon sees me./ God bless the moon/ and God bless me'') to trace the activities of a solitary boy from morning until night as he backpacks through the countryside.

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