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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Moon Over Star, written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Penguin Group (Canada), 2008. $20.00 ages 6 and up

In 1969,
Grandpa led the singing in church,
The light of Sunday gleaming on his silvery head.
Through the open window our voices sailed
Over Star, our town.
Then we bowed our heads and prayed for
The astronauts,
Neil Armstrong,
Edwin Aldrin, Jr.,
And Michael Collins.
If all went well
A spaceship would land on the moon today,
And I dreamed thah maybe one day,
I could go to the moon too."

When Mae’s eyes turn skyward on July 20,1969, she is harboring a dream…the same dream that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins had earlier shared. As she reveals her dream to her Grandpa, an old tired farmer, she begins to wonder about his childhood dreams. The moon has helped her grandfather do his life’s work and perhaps someday it will help her to realize her own personal aspiration. For now, she can use her imagination and all the building materials available to make the dream a reality. Lovely language and gentle watercolor illustrations provide a glimpse at history in the making.

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