A Moon for Moe and Mo
A Moon for Moe and Mo

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Annotation: Moses Feldman and Mohammed Hassan both live on Flatbush Avenue, and when they meet at the grocery store they quickly become best friends, sharing a picnic while their families prepare for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan.
Catalog Number: #182082
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Amini, Mehrdokht,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-580-89727-4 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4418-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-580-89727-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4418-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016009219
Dimensions: 22 x 28 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
The tale of a nascent friendship between Moses Feldman and Mohammed Hassan, two kids from Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York; they have different backgrounds…yet so many things in common.Moe and Mo meet by chance at the grocery store where their moms happen to be shopping. Because of their similar curly dark hair, brown eyes, and olive-toned skin, Moe and Mo are mistaken for twins by the store owner, who gives them each a falafel. They are also quick to realize that they share more than just a similar look and have the same—at times reckless—passion for sweets and bouncing balls. Weeks pass, and they return to the store, Mrs. Feldman for Rosh Hashanah, the holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year, and Mrs. Hassan for Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. The kids' mothers are not indifferent to the developing camaraderie and agree to a picnic bringing the two families together to enjoy rugelach and date cookies. Author Zalben and illustrator Amini are immensely successful in creating parallels between the two boys' lives, with each aspect mirrored both in the narrative and graphically. Amini's vibrant collages capture both the busyness of the neighborhood and the growing friendship between the families. Completing the educational effort are two succinct informational sheets on both Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan along with two recipes for each tradition.A gem. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Word Count: 646
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 197014 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 600L
Moses Feldman lived at one end of Flatbush Avenue, and Mohammed Hassan lived at the other.
            One fall day, each boy went with his mother to a store right in the middle of the avenue. Bells tinkled when they went inside.
            The air smelled of spices and fresh teas. Baskets were filled with apricots, figs, dates, nuts, and pomegranates bursting with seeds that glistened like little red jewels.

Excerpted from A Moon for Moe and Mo by Jane Breskin Zalben
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An interfaith friendship develops when Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, overlaps with the Muslim holiday of Ramadan--an occurence that happens only once every thirty years or so.

Moses Feldman, a Jewish boy, lives at one end of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, while Mohammed Hassan, a Muslim boy, lives at the other. One day they meet at Sahadi's market while out shopping with their mothers and are mistaken for brothers. A friendship is born, and the boys bring their families together to share rugelach and date cookies in the park as they make a wish for peace.

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