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The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston
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Nov 07, 09

bookshelves: pb-coretta-scott-king-illustrator
Read in November, 2009

3rd-5th
Jerry Pinkney’s illustrations in watercolors grab a reader when they first open the book. In the course of this 32 page book he has illustrations of a rural farm, where kids are pretending to be astronauts, to the span view between the earth and the moon, to the launch of a rocket and the surface of the moon. The realism that he creates in watercolor is remarkable. He created beautiful landscapes and also is able to represent the loving relationship between a young girl and her grandfather. The story by Dianna Hutts Aston is an account of the day the United States astronauts landed on the surface of the moon and how that accomplishment inspired a little girl to believe that she could someday be able to achieve her goals also. The story does a good job interjecting factual material to create this story about a girl’s family and their reaction on that historic day.
Social Studies/Science/Language Arts
Lesson’s about the US space program and the sense of pride that Americans felt about the accomplishments that were made can be illustrated by using this book with Social Studies classes in conjunction with a lunar landing lesson. This book could also be good in Language arts by having the children write about the things they felt Mae would accomplish in her life after being inspired that day.
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