“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: MacLachlan, P. (2011). Your moon, my moon: A grandmother’s words to a faraway child. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Lexile Measure: 525L
Synopsis: A grandmother reassures her grandchild that although they live miles away from each other, they are still connected. Fond memories and the moon are elements that keep the grandmother, who lives in the United States, and her grandson, who lives in Africa, connected. Both are eager for their reunification.
Rationale for Classroom Use: The lifelike illustrations in Your Moon, My Moon: A Grandmother’s Words to a Faraway Child will captivate students’ attention. The picturebook explores the idea of separation and can be extremely useful for students experiencing separation anxiety from loved ones. The text also allows an in-depth lesson on characterization and commonly confused words such as “where” and “were.”
Common Core Connection:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.