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Meet Me at the Moon

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  312 ratings  ·  102 reviews
A heartwarming love story between mother and child

When Mama Elephant must leave Little One to ask the skies for rain, the young elephant is worried. Who will care for Little One? Who will sing Mama's special songs? When will she return?

Mama is very reassuring - Little One will hear her song on the wind and feel her love in the warmth of the sun, and, after the rains come...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by Viking Juvenile
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Kathryn
3.5 STARS

First, I love the illustrations. They are adorable! I checked out this book based on the cover alone ;-) I especially love elephants, and Marino does a great job with these two.

The story itself I had mixed feelings about. On one hand, I love the message of love and the strong bond between the mother elephant and her little one. I think some of the ideas here could really help children whose parents travel or have to go away for a period of time as it shows how united the mother and chil...more
Dolly
May 04, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet tale about separation and the love between a mother and child. This is particularly poignant for me as an active duty mom, since I have to leave our girls on a relatively frequent basis to go on missions. I am lucky that I haven't had to leave them for long periods so far, but even short separations can be difficult. I love that the mama elephant finds different ways throughout the day and night to remind her baby of her love. The narrative is simple and the illustrations are gor...more
Paul  Hankins
When a mother elephant must leave to go to the highest mountain to ask for rain, she offers reassurance to her "little one" by using the natural gifts of the earth to celebrate their love.

A really nice picture book for this spring with natural "ladders" to Katherine Applegate's THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN and Lynne Kelly Hoenig's upcoming title, CHAINED.

The paintings in the book are absolutely beautiful, bringing the whole of the book together as a very nice package for younger readers. The paintings...more
Jessica Harrison
Review via Cracking the Cover

The land is dry, and Mama must leave Little One to ask the skies for rain. It’s important, but Little One is worried and doesn’t want Mam to go. “You will feel my love in everything around you,” Mama reassures. In the wind, Mama will sing. Her love will be in the warmth of the sun; it will twinkle in the brightest star. And she promises they will be reunited in the moon, “where the sky touches the earth,” after the rains come.

“Meet Me at the Moon” is lovely both in w...more
Barbara
Because the land is dry, Mama tells Little One that she must leave him to ask the skies to send rain. Naturally, Little One is anxious about being separated from his mother, but she reassures him that he will be surrounded by her love even when she's away from him. If both of them stare up at the sky at night and find the brightest star of all, she tells him, they will be looking at the same star. After preparing him for her departure, Mama leaves her baby with the promise that they will meet ea...more
Randie
Mama must leave Little One behind to "climb the highest mountain to ask the skies for rain." Little One worries that he/she won't be able to hear, see, or feel loved by his/her Mama. Little One also worries that Mama won't be able to find him/her again. Mama reassures Little One through song, wisdom, and love.

The illustrations are bright, appear textured, and have just enough detail to capture the beauty of the land, sky, and creatures. The text has a rhythmic flow and is soothing to be read alo...more
Marcie
First time I read this I didn't like it at all. I did love the illustrations, but read it to my class because two librarians had shown it to me as their favorite from the bookfair. I compared it to Sara Weeks Without You which I love and explained how the animal science in Meet Me at the Moon didn't seem to ring true, which is why I liked Without You much better. After repeated reading I have grown to like Meet Me at the Moon, but it is still too sticky sweet for me.
Teresa
I really want to give this book 3.5 stars so I rounded it up to 4. I really, really liked it, but didn't completely love it. It has beautiful art and is a touching story about the love between a mother and baby elephant. I think most people will love this story, but it was just a bit too sappy for my tastes. That said, I do recommend this story. It's a perfect bedtime read.
Robin Rousu
Excellent, beautiful illustrations. Loved the texture and colors and composition. Unfortuately, the plot is trite and sappy.
Elisabeth
I probably would love this so much more if I haven't felt like I read something similar 50+ times before.
Anne
The land is dry and Mama elephant sets out to find rain, leaving her Little One behind. Little One gets worried, wondering when she will return. Mama reassures Little One, "You will feel my love in everything around you" ... from the sun, the wind, and in the brightest twinkling star. And Mama tells Little One that they will meet again at the moon, when it sets, where the sky touches the earth.

A stunningly illustrated book, "Meet Me at the Moon" is a heart-warming story of handling the separatio...more
Amanda
While I wish the author had better explained exactly why the mama elephant had to leave her baby in order get the rain to come, the illustrations in this book are absolutely amazing. There are some amazing quotes about love, and I have to admit I cried while reading this! Extrapolations can be made about how sometimes parents have to leave their children in order to bring about better things (i.e., going to work, etc) but there will always be a special bond between mama and child.
Rosa Cline
Feb 17, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rosa by: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
This book would be a very nice book for a parent that will have to leave their child for a while (traveling, in the military or even if the parent is critically ill) This book lets "Little One" a baby elephant know that when his Momma has to leave to go find water due to the dessert being so dry that he can still know she's with him. By looking at the same stars, feeling the wind knowing her love is carried on the wind etc. When he gets to missing her he remembers all the things she told him to...more
E.  Talamante
A sweet story of mama going away for a time, but always coming home. I work far from home, and this story was a sweet reminder that no matter how far I go, or how long I'm gone, I will always come home to my baby. The illustrations are sweet and add to the story in beautiful, warm, heart-like tones. Definitely recommended.
Angela
Best for kids ages 2 and up
Early Literacy Skills: Print Motivation, Vocabulary, Narrative Skills

From cover:
"I love you like the sun oves the earth," said Mama. "When you feel the warmth of the sun, I will be loving you from where I am."
Little One is loved, but also worried. Mama must go away for a while and Little One needs reassurance. What if Little One can't hear Mama while she is gone? What if Little One can't see Mama? What if Mama can't find Little One again?
Mama has answers to all these...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

An adorable story about the love of a mother and baby elephant. As the mother elephant is preparing to take a journey to go ask the sky for rain, she re-assures her baby elephant that she will come back to him and reminds him of all the things he can look for to be reminded of her love for him until she returns to him. This is a story that young kids will be able to relate to as they see the love the mother and baby have for each other, read about baby elephants unease for his mother le...more
Paula
During a dry time, Mama leaves Little One alone while she climbs the highest mountain to ask the skies for rain, but she promises that her love will remain all around.
Treasure
A picture book about a mama elephant reassuring her Little One about how much she loves them, adults and children both will appreciate the sweet story and gorgeous pictures. Mama must go to the mountains to ask the sky for some much needed rain, and Little One is left behind on the African savannah to wait for her. With colorful, two page spread illustrations of African animals and gorgeous African scenes, this book makes an excellent story time or lapsit book. The solid binding and thick pages...more
Kristin
Since we're studying African animals and habitats, and this book has beautiful supportive illustrations, I read this out loud to enhance their comprehension of African Elephants and the Savanna. They have been confused between African and Asian Elephants, and this book seemed to get them over this "hump" to easily understand what African Elephants are. I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars, though, because the plot is confusing. It is never clear if the mother elephant resolves the problem, or if it r...more
Margaret
Mar 15, 2014 Margaret marked it as hardcopy-review-to-read
Recommended to Margaret by: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
My edition is a special paperback from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library ISBN 9780670014781
Mark
Read this at Paulina Springs Bookstore in Sisters.

I enjoyed it but I wanted it to be better. The illustrations were quite good and did a lot to tell the story despite the few words actually used. It is the eternal story of a mother's love for her child told through the vehicle of elephants in Africa but the story, while, good, is simplistic. I understand it is for young children but they can grasp far more depth than most adults realize. It was simplistic and bordering on sappy. If it had been e...more
Camille
Mama elephant has to leave her baby elephant behind in order to ask the skies for rain, so she gives her baby several ways to feel her presence despite her absence. Then of course she comes back. The end. Very cute and cuddly mommy book but also to note is that this book is B-E-A-U-TEE-FUL. I love the texture of the artist's paper that you can see on the book's pages, I love the blending and shading of the colors, the animals are beautiful! I can't get enough of the page where mama is leaving an...more
Maia
"that was a nice story" -H, 5 yrs.
pati
Absolutely gorgeous artwork, incredibly bad storyline as far as the true nature of elephants. Elephants don't leave their babies alone, they are herd animals with a strong sense of community. Most importantly, elephants don't make rain...lots of misinformation to give young children who are impressionable and believe what they hear. The elephants who fit this storyline should be drawn in a more Dumbo-esque style - these elephants need a more believeable story!

Five stars for artwork, one star fo...more
Emily
Warning! Do not read while pregnant. You will burst into tears. And then you will laugh at yourself for how hard you are crying. But that's OK.
Cathy Blackler
A parent child love story mixes with an environmental tale of sorts. A Mother and child elephant are separated, but not before the Mother reassures her child and gives them advice for coping with loss. Exquisite illustrations highlight the text. This story could be paired with other parent-child stories such as The Kissing Hand. In addition, a study of the African continent could ensue based on the setting so beautifully displayed in the illustrations.
Beth Chandler
A mother elephant has to go away to make rain come down on the land, and her baby is worried about being left alone. The mother replies in lovely soothing words that comfort the baby--mostly--while she is away. A lovely book, especially for little ones who get worried when Mommy is away for a long while.

This book's illustrations are beautiful; that are fairly photorealistic but with appropriately eloquent expressions expressions on the animals.
Morgan
This slightly melancholy yet warm-and-snuggly story about an elephant who is reluctantly separated from its mother was made all the more heartwarming by Marino's beautiful and expressive illustrations. My mom and I both read this one and agreed it would have been helpful for me back when I would cry my eyes out anytime we had a babysitter...I'll be keeping this one in mind for my future child (assuming they're a clinger like I was).
Mel Raschke
The land is dry, and Mama must leave Little One to ask the skies for rain. It's important, but Little One is worried and doesn't want Mam to go. "You will feel my love in everything around you," Mama reassures. In the wind, Mama will sing. Her love will be in the warmth of the sun; it will twinkle in the brightest star. And she promises they will be reunited in the moon, "where the sky touches the earth," after the rains come.
Lissie Moore
This book was read to me during a read aloud in class, and I really liked it. I don't know if I really liked it because elephants are my favorite animal, or if I liked the story that much. It is a very cute story, but I don't know if kids would really appreciate the story as much as the animals and illustrations. This book would be best for a 1st or 2nd grade classroom read aloud.
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