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Meet Me at the Moon

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  445 Ratings  ·  125 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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Jan 04, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it

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
May 04, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
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
Nov 11, 2014 Lori rated it liked it
This is Caroline's favorite bedtime book. We Love it!
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
Jessica Harrison
Apr 04, 2012 Jessica Harrison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, picture
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
Apr 23, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
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 D. Camp, M.S.
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
Jul 03, 2012 Marcie rated it liked it
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.
May 21, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it
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.
Angela Hutchinson
I fell in love with this book. This story is about a mama elephant and a baby elephant. The mama elephant has to leave so she can climb the highest mountain to ask the sky for rain. The baby elephant is afraid that she will forget about him and wants to know how he will know she is there with him. She tells him several things, then he asks how he will find her and she tells him to meet her at the moon when it touches the Earth. The journey begins and the baby elephant remembers everything mama e ...more
Robin Rousu
Apr 30, 2012 Robin Rousu rated it it was ok
Excellent, beautiful illustrations. Loved the texture and colors and composition. Unfortuately, the plot is trite and sappy.
Feb 05, 2016 Elisabeth rated it liked it
My co-worker's 3 year old is currently infatuated with this book. She lent it to me because she knows I'm a picture book fan. (Don't worry: he's getting it back the same day and won't even know it was gone!) The art is gorgeous and kids will love pointing out their favorite animals. I liked the story ok. I think this might work well for kids dealing with separation anxiety. I'm not sure I understand why the mother elephant had to go off by herself and leave her baby. Couldn't another elephant ha ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Elisabeth rated it liked it
I probably would love this so much more if I haven't felt like I read something similar 50+ times before.
Mar 25, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Good to see the elephants getting some representation. Babar, you're a trail blazer. This is another in a long line of "oh I love you THIS much....How much?....oh, little one, soooooo much - like the sun loves the planets,etc, etc." wife is going to punch me for saying that,but I get a little tired of that format. Yes, I love my kids. They know I love them. Like an American loves a Big Gulp. Like Earth loves the moon. Like Amazon loves my money. Anyway, this'll reassure the kiddos.
Jun 10, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
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.
Devon Henderson
Jun 12, 2016 Devon Henderson rated it it was amazing
Momma elephant has to leave to ask the skies for rain and leaves Little One for awhile. Little one worries about not being with her but Momma tells Little one to watch the night sky and listen to the wind and they will find each other where the sky touches the earth. This book is great for children who have parents with jobs that requires them to leave home and travel. I would have liked this book growing up with a military parent.
Parker Catlett-Miller
I thought this story was cute and touching (the momma elephant goes off to "find rain" and the baby has to stay behind but the momma tells him all the ways he will know she loves him until she comes back etc etc) ... however my two year old got a little upset: "Where is his mommy?" "He wants his mommy!" etc etc EVERY SINGLE PAGE. So I don't know that we will be rereading anytime soon - maybe when he's a bit older.
Jan 11, 2016 Hosanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
I read this book to review it for my younger siblings. This is not a good book for children. The feeling of the book is very New Age. The book is weird in that the mother elephant "feels" with the earth and teaches her elephant calf to as well. The only reason I give it two stars is because the artwork is beautiful and very vividly drawn. We will not keep this book, and I do not recommend it for families.
Jan 25, 2015 samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So I'm deployed and away from my son and both me and him love elephants the other day I was having a hard time while being go e and I called it just happened that this book had came n the mail from imagination library we signed up for it made my day it fit perfect it had beautiful art and I even bought it on my kindle so I can read it to him while I m far away
Erma Talamante
May 20, 2014 Erma Talamante rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-s
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.
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
Dec 16, 2015 Aimee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, read-kids
So in my defense, I'm really tired today. But yes, this made me tear up a little bit. I was a military brat. Between the ages of 3 and 6, I didn't see my dad very much. To this day, the easiest way to get me to cry happy tears is to show me a video of soldiers returning home to their kids. Meet Me at the Moon at the same effect on me. Plus it's about elephants. And I LOVE ELEPHANTS. (almost as much as bears.) The illustrations are goregeous too. I think every kid needs a "mommy loves you *this m ...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
Jenny Sharpe
Dec 13, 2015 Jenny Sharpe rated it it was amazing
This book shows a great demonstration of faith and how to know the Lord is there even when you cannot see him. This could also be great for someone who is struggling with a parent gone away at war, etc.
Rosa Cline
Mar 16, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 02, 2015 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Love how this story says "I'll love you as long as the sun is in the sky" and then it gets cloudy, but turns out the love is still there. Haven't seen many kids' books like that.
Mar 25, 2014 Paula rated it liked it
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.
Feb 20, 2013 Treasure rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 02, 2015 Tessa rated it it was amazing
A friend gave me this book after the death of my mother. Perfect. Even though I am no longer a child, it was just perfect.
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