A simple lunar lesson belays a deeper message of acceptance and trust in The Moon is Broken!
Children learn in layers. Every day they are building upon their primary foundations of understanding. Monique B. Martin charmingly demonstrates how children view, process and learn from the world around them in The Moon is Broken!, a rhyming story written for children ages 3 to 8, yet easily relatable for children of all ages. It explains why the moon appears to change shapes and exemplifies how all of God’s creations are made with perfect purpose. The Moon is Broken! e-book version is also available in Spanish.
As the young girl in The Moon is Broken! looks out her window before bed, she sees that the moon is a crescent, no longer a circle, and she fears a piece has broken off. She looks for the piece of moon but can’t find it and she wonders why God hasn’t noticed it is broken and fixed it. Is he sick? Is he sleeping? Where is he? She runs to her mother, who explains the movement of the moon around the earth and why it appears to change shape.
The Moon is Broken! teaches its small listeners and readers that appearances do not tell the whole story. The mother explains the importance of trusting in God and his design.
Children with special needs, infants, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary children all will enjoy and learn from this sweet story that will leave them knowing, feeling, that they are exactly as they are supposed to be.
Monique B. Martin, author and publisher, is the mother of a beautiful teenage daughter. The Moon Is Broken! is Monique's first children's story. Inspired by her daughter, the idea for the story came to her as she was driving her daughter home from a Girl Scouts Brownie meeting. Her daughter looked up to the sky and said, "Look Mommy, the Moon is Broken!" Originally from New Orleans, Monique resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Stephen; daughter, Taylor' and their dog, Beignet.
I recently read this book to a classroom full of lively and interested first graders. As a language and cultural assistant in Madrid, Spain, I found that the students truly enjoyed the story line and the rhythmic play of words in The Moon is Broken. My students were able to relate to the story even though it is set in the U.S. and not Spain. It also helped that the illustrations were able to give the students a clear idea of what was going on whenever they encountered a word or phrase in English that they didn't know. Overall, I think this book is great for young children because it allows themselves to become oriented in a big world full of mysteries and unanswered questions. The Moon is Broken is definitely a must have!
Every child thinks the moon is broken at some point in their young life. This book goes through a young girl's dilemma when she sees that the moon is "broken." She is upset that God is not hearing her and starts to worry if God is sick! Thank goodness her mom is around to explain things to her!
This is such an adorable book! PERFECT for Christian schools or churches! This book touches a little on how God made us perfect and how he made everything perfect. It is easy to expand on this book and make a lesson around it!
This is a fast, rhyming read that is fun! The pictures are colorful and stand out! You will catch every Child's attention when you read this and share the love of God with them!
Review from my five (almost six) year old son: "This book is double cute! I LOVE that she thought the moon was broken cuz that was so funny!"
***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***
A cute story, which also emphasizes that God made everyone and everything perfectly. The lines didn't always quite scan, but who cares? I loved the mom's explanation and Taylor's excited, ambitious plans - so realistic!
It provides lots for potential discussion and interaction for children in the target age group (3-8, though probably more for the 3-5s), and sets a good grounding for accepting appearances.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Good story, great graphics and a science lesson all in a bedtime story? That's what makes "The Moon is Broken" such a great book. I love the idea that this story and book came from the curious mind of a little girl. My daughter loved it because she always wondered about that odd shaped moon. I hope we get to hear more from this character in the future.
This is a sweet little rhyming picture book. It takes a look at perfection. It's a science, creation, and perfection lesson without sounding like a lesson. The Moon is Broken by Monique B. Martin is an excellent book for all children. With the rhyming nature it reads well aloud too. Highly recommend.
I'm really confused by this book... I'm not sure what it's meant to be telling me. feels like there are too many messages trying to be squeezed into one small children's picture book.
are we being told that: - the moon changes shape? - you are perfect just the way you are? - god made everything? & it's all perfect? - sometimes things are too big for just you to fix, & you need to ask for help?
I'm all lost and confused by it all, so I'm not even going to bother trying to share it with my son. it's all just way too much for one little book...
on the upside, the illustrations were kind of cute, and full of nice bright colours.
** ARC kindly provided by NetGalley and the publishers.
What an absolute delight! I loved, loved, loved this book...and my kids loved it too. It was a cute story that had so much within its pages. The story was elementary enough for the youngest reader, but the content was such that even older kids (7-9) could learn something. I really liked that it opened the door to discuss everything from creation to lunar patterns. Another appealing feature was the artwork. The imagery and layout of the book was bright and eye catching.
This is a great book! I hope the author and illustrator do more together. I would certainly add this to my home library shelf. Excellent! 2 thumbs, 5 stars and a snap:-)
I received this book via NetGalley for an honest review. The words I have expressed are my own.
This was a cute and decent children's book. My son didn't really seem to get into it as I read it to him. But I thought it was a good read. Pretty much the moon is broken and does God know this? He made the little girl and so everything must be perfect. I liked how her mom gave a scientific fact on how the moon changes. Though I would have liked to have seen a drawing of the different moons shapes. I think it would make it easier for kids to understand. Just my thoughts.
I may pick this book up in the future to read to my daughter since it may be more to her liking than my son.
The Moon is Broken, a children's book by Monique Martin and illustrated by Brian Flotte, Jr, is a wonderful family read for toddlers through early elementary ages. Martin captures a child's view of the world with great insight. Children will easily relate to the main character's concern about being to small to fix a big problem. The reassuring themes of faith and family help bring home powerful messages in kid-sized bites. Flotte's illustrations are engaging, adding brilliant color and life to this charming tale. The rhyming format encourages small children to supply the next word, providing fun and pre-reading skills as well! The Moon is Broken is destined to become a family favorite.
Every child experiences perplexities and worries. This story about the 'broken moon" is a delightful account of how those concerns are addressed within the caring matrix of parental understanding and responsiveness . The book has wonderful illustrations that convey attention to the detail of a child 's surround, and a warm intimacy of a safe place to explore questions.
What an awesome book! My one year old and three year old daughters absolutely must read this book before bed each night! Written from the eyes of an innocent child, it completely captures what children's thought patterns must resemble!