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A Kite for Moon

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A Kite for Moon, written by New York Times bestselling author of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi E. Y. Stemple, tells a heartfelt story about a young boy's fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon. With whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Matt Phelan, the story begins when the little boy, who is flying his kite, notic ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Zonderkidz
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Kimberly Dawn
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One tousle-haired small boy. One full moon on the ocean. Add a colorful kite or two, the small boy’s imagination, kindness, passion and promise. Watch him grow to realize his dream.

This swoon-worthy picture book realistically imagines an early boyhood fascination with the moon that astronaut Neil Armstrong very well may have experienced, a passion that probably grew alongside him as he grew up, resulting in his career as an astronaut.

The story is communicated beautifully through both the sweet,
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very simple story for young children about Neil Armstrong. As this is the 50th anniversary of Neil's landing and being the first person to set foot on the surface of the moon.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
What an incredible book for children to know the possibilities of life. I loved how the moon was a she, how she was said and the little boy sent up kites to help make her happy. This book was perfectly worded and illustrations soft and memorable.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space, 2019, bedtime
This was a really lovely book. I'm looking forward to using this in storytime and making small paper kites (not workable) as a craft.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute story about the possible childhood inspiration of the future astronaut, Neil Armstrong. But he didn't grow up by the sea; he grew up in the heartland of rural west-central Ohio. Or isn't that cool enough...?
Conny Reviews
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
“So he wrote on his kite, promising to come some day for a visit.
Then he let go of his kite, sending it up, up, up for Moon,” writes Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple in their children’s book, A Kite for Moon.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound with a jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories about the moon. With no scary scenes, it is dedicated to Neil Armstrong, paying homage to the fiftieth anniversary of his moon landing. Including some co
Shelle Perry
It is only fitting to start off a celebration of the lunar landing anniversary with an homage to Neil Armstrong. A Kite For The Moon is an imagining of Armstrong’s childhood and love for the moon that helped him reach great heights.

On an early morning, the moon is shining in the sky feeling a bit lonely and sorry for herself. A small boy wants to make her feel better and so he sends her a note flying high on his kite that he will come to visit someday. The moon watches over the boy as he grows a
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A KITE FOR MOON is a cute children's book commemorating the first steps on the moon. The storytellers humanize the moon, making Neil Armstrong the moon's only friend and sending kites to the lonely moon. I didn't like that aspect of the book, but I did like how it mentioned how Neil Armstrong studied to become an astronaut and worked for his goal.

My dad made the maps of the moon and picked out the landing places for this first trip so I have a special connection to this event.

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Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you love Owl Moon? Do you have kids who love all things space? Are you trying to teach your children about the first man on the moon as we approach the 50th anniversary of that momentous accomplishment? Or maybe you remember exactly where you were on that magical day? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then be sure to get your hands on A Kite for Moon before July 20, 2019!
Dedicated to Neil Armstrong, A Kite for Moon tells the story of a young boy who notices that Moon s
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
(Bonus Video Vlog that shows you the book's imagery and story on YouTube!)

Today (July 20, 2019) marks the 50th anniversary of NASA and Apollo 11 landing on the moon for the very first time, so it felt like the perfect day to share my review of one of my favorite discoveries at this year's Book Expo Convention, A KITE FOR MOON by Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi E.Y. Stemple, with illustrations by Matt Phelan. The book is dedicated to Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing, which makes it eve
Jalynn Patterson
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:

A Kite for Moon, written by New York Times bestselling author of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi E. Y. Stemple, tells a heartfelt story about a young boy's fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon. With whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Matt Phelan, the story begins when the little boy, who is flying his k
Laura  Lane
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:

This is a classy book. I read it with my 17 and 21 year old daughters who know Momma's love for beautifully illustrated picture books. They both agreed that this one is a keeper. It will go with my other picture books until someday I have grandlittles to read to.

One of my daughters suggested that this would book would segue into a discussion or teaching about Neil Armstrong. In that case, it might even be useful for a homeschool or classroom teacher beyond the recommended ages of 4
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This sweet book tells the story of a little boy who loves the moon. He sensed Moon was sad and lonely one morning, because all the stars had gone to bed and Moon was by himself. He tried to hug Moon, because that’s what makes him feel better when he is sad, but Moon was too far away. The little boy sent kite after kite up to the moon with notes promising he would visit one day. Many years went by, the little boy grew up and the moon watched. Until one day the little boy, who was now a man, final ...more
Beckie Burnham
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s been 50 years since man first went to the moon, and in celebration of that Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi E. Y. Stemple have written a delightful children’s book. Simple illustrations accompany the narrative featuring a young boy who dreams of one day reaching the moon. I liked how the authors incorporate the child’s fascination with the moon and the things it took to get him there! Easy to understand for the youngest child, it will open up a conversation about the first moonwalk (and ho ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Kite for Moon is the perfect conversation starter about space exploration, the moon, or a summer night of star gazing. Share this poetic tribute with an elementary school class or your own children. This sweet story will inspire children to dream about what they'd like to do when they grow up. Dedicated to Neil Armstrong, the story follows a little boy and his desire to help the moon find happiness. I like that the point of view comes from the moon's perspective. At the age of 12, I remember w ...more
Lauren- The Smile Lines
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to @zonderkidz for sharing a review copy of A Kite for Moon with @kidlitexchange
A Kite for Moon by #janeyolen and @heidieys is a sweet story. We have read it several times already!
A young boy talks to Moon each day thinking that Moon is lonely. He sends her kites with messages promising to one day come to visit. .
The illustrations by @mattphelandraws are great!! They allow the reader to see the boy grow up. I definitely got choked up!
The book is dedicated to Neil Armstrong. It would be
It's hard to resist a new moon book, especially by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple and illustrated by Matt Phelan. This beautifully crafted story of a boy in love with the moon and sorry it could be sad sends his kite with a note. He promises to come some day for a visit. Matt Phelan's illustrations with inked outlining focus on the important moments, the boy writing the note, the kite's tail floating up, the moon watching the boy at his desk, learning. It's a beautiful book for this, the 50th anni ...more
Ann Haefele
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book, dedicated to Neil Armstrong (50th anniversary of the moon landing) about a little boy’s love of the moon. He starts out by flying kites with messages to the moon, and as he grows up he studies math and science, and becomes an astronaut. He finally gets to say hello to the moon in person. Loved the ending that gives it a circular story, with a little girl standing on the beach looking up at the moon.
Kirsti Call
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Down below, a very small boy flying his kite on a beach near his house, looked up at the moon. 'Moon!" He called up to her. 'Don't be sad!'"

KITE FOR MOON is a lovely, lyrical story of a boy and his friendship with the moon. The story evokes discussion about space exploration, astronauts and the beauty of relationships and adventure. The gorgeous illustrations enhance the text and make this an excellent read aloud.
Great Books
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 19-ages-3-5
What a great way to introduce a child to the astronaut for whom this book is dedicated to, Neil Armstrong. This book beautifully tells the story through the eyes of a boy who was fascinated by the moon. The illustrations also point out through the eyes of a young boy how he followed his interests until one day, (fifty years ago) the boy had grown up and became an astronaut who flew up in a rocket and was the first to land on the moon.

Reviewer 1
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A tribute to Neil Armstrong on the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
The moon is lonely. A young boy dreams of visiting. He writes messages on kites and sends them to the moon. Along with the dreaming, Yolen shares the studying and work involved before he finally does stand on the moon to visit.
The text moves from page to page and draws the reader in to this world.
Illustrations paint the full picture to match the story.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wish-list
A little boy imagines that the moon is lonely, and sends a kite into the sky with a promise to come visit some day. He grows up to become an astronaut who actually does visit the moon. This tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing is poetic and beautifully illustrated, but completely fictitious. It could be a launching point for more investigation of the actual historical event--which will reveal that Neil Armstrong did not live near the sea, but in Ohio.
With lovely lyrical text and beautiful artwork, this book tells the story of a young boy who loved the moon. He spent his time writing poems on kites, studying, and dreaming. One day this boy became an astronaut and the first man to set foot on the moon. This book is dedicated to Neil Armstrong, fifty years after his amazing journey. This might be a good way to introduce young readers to this important historical figure.
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the book "A kite for moon", the moon is lonely. A young lovely boy dreams about visiting the moon. one day he decided to write a message and he had a kite so he would send the kite to the moon. the story is about a young lovely boy who loves the moon and dreams visiting there one day. this story was really cute and it inspires the future astronaut. in my opinion i loved the book because it was really good and it was sweet how the boy would send messages.
Jeri  Kniess
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Very nice book. It is difficult for an author to break out of a mold once in one. Congrats, Yolen, on being able to do so many times over. How do Dinosaurs... etc.

This book features a child who wants to get a message to the moon. From a little shirtless boy on a beach sending his kite to the moon to a grown man in a rocket visiting the moon we see the child grow. He never forgets the moon, though, and the moon never forgets him.
Maria Marshall
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-picture
A fictional story, honoring Neil Armstrong, of a child's attempts to cheer the moon by sending her kites with a promise to visit, since she's too far away to hug. The moon watches as the boy grows and learns all he needs to complete his promise and finally visit her. Beautifully simple in both text and illustrations, this book is full of emotion and will inspire the next generation of dreamers & explorers.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I included this book mainly for its illustrations, which are visually striking and calming, but also because it introduces the idea of personalization. The book is about a young boy who notices the moon and thinks it is sad, and goes about various ways of remedying the situation. It's a good introduction on how treating an object as a human can have interesting effects on the novel, and is good for emergent readers.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing trio. A young boy sees the moon and knows that it is lonely and so sends it a kite with a message. As he grows, he watches the moon. He learns geometry, physics, how to drive and how to fly a rocket. Eventually he ends up on the moon (Neil Armstrong). A perfect ending of an illustration of a young girl with a kite under her arm closes the loop.
Ashley Adkins
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adored this book! The illustrations are soft and dreamlike and I really enjoyed the bold, black outline of several elements in each illustration. The text is a sweet story of a young boy who empathizes with the lonely moon. He tells the moon he will visit and keeps his promise after many years. Great read for all ages.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more