Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Book Review The Sun and the Moon by Brian D. McClure

The Sun and the Moon is a great book for kids of all ages.  "This is a story about you and me, but for the protection of us..."  The sun and the moon get in a big fight and both decide they are tired and through.  So even though they both know it will be harmful to the Earth, they leave.  The Earth starts to freeze and animals and insects are frozen too. 

What I like is that in the middle of the story, instead of just making a general point that fighting is bad, the author address why humans fight.  People fight because of fear.  Fear causes problems everyday.

After lots of fighting, Sun and Moon realize that they are both in the wrong and that they should be friends.  They also realize that they are connected not only to each other but to you and me as well.  When they realized their connection, they both went back to "work" and Earth defrosted. 

The author then restatrs the story to show how the Sun and the Moon should have handled their fight.  My favorite part is the ending.  "Before you go, there are a few things the Sun, the Moon, and I would like you to know.  You are a great gift to the world!  You are loved every second of everyday.  You are one with everything there is!"

All of my kids loved this book.  Kayla, at 7, likes to read it because it has easy to read aloud rhymes.  Jacob at 4, loves to hear the story read to him.  Cody is 2 and a half and he mostly likes to look at Sun and Moon's faces in the illustrations (which are rich, beautiful oil paintings) and say "He is really, really sad" over and over all through the story.  And then at the end he gets all excited and jumps up and dances around!!

This is a must read for kids of all ages.  It was a great story with a great message.


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