Dear Moon
Dear Moon
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Annotation: In this poignant story of grief and healing, Max learns that time will keep ticking and loss is inevitable, but memories last forever.
Catalog Number: #218445
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Familius
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Di Gravio, Maria Louisa,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-641-70269-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-641-70269-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2020939033
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
The moon moves through the night sky, and another day inevitably arrives.Max and Ely need to stop that from happening so Ely won’t have to leave. They build a rocket that will lasso the moon and hold it in place. The scheme doesn’t work, but Max refuses to give up. His anger at the moon intensifies with each setback. But morning arrives anyway, and Ely must go to the hospital. Max promises never to give up “not ’til the end of the end of the very end of the world.” Finally he begs Moon to watch over the friend he misses so much. When Ely comes home, he and Max build a new and better rocket, and they take off for the moon. But only Ely stays. Max returns sadly to Earth and tearfully sends a message telling Moon he’ll always be watching. Max’s sadness and confusion are treated with gentle compassion. Wunderli withholds a great deal, only gradually hinting at the seriousness of Ely’s illness, which is not named, and the word death is never used. Di Gravio’s illustrations provide more information. Max has brown skin, and Ely presents White. Ely is seen in a wheelchair from the beginning. He is hairless when he comes home, and he appears weak and tired. Young children are literal, and this presentation of death and loss may be too subtle for many. The work definitely calls for young readers to have an adult at their side for reassurance and explanations as they read together.Tender, loving, and sad. (Picture book. 6-10)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

"We want to have a word with you " Max shouts at the moon. "Face-to-face, man-to-Man in the Moon. We need you to stay where you are " Max and Ely are best friends, but each night the moon marks the passage of time, closer and closer to the day Ely will go to the hospital. But the determined friends have a plan: they'll build a rocket, launch to the moon, and keep it from moving. In this poignant story of grief and healing, Max learns that time will keep ticking and loss is inevitable, but memories last forever, and the ones we love will always be with us, certain as the moon will wax and wane.

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