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And If the Moon Could Talk
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Author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books, including The Cat Who Walked Across France, Baboon, Close Your Eyes and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. Banks lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons. Hallensleben lives in Paris.

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With quiet phrases and luxurious color, Banks and Hallensleben (Baboon) evoke a perfectly peaceful bedtime. In a stuccoed house, amid tranquil lakes and orderly rows of trees, a girl plays with stuffed animals and listens to a story read by her father. Far away, the moon glows on tall hills, desert, jungle and ocean, where people and wild animals prepare for sleep. Full-bleed spreads expertly relate the text's alternating descriptions of relaxed interior and exterior scenes. In the child's bedroom "on a small table sits a glass, a wooden boat, a starfish, too." Hallensleben connects the spread that follows, "if the moon could talk, it would tell of waves washing onto the beach, shells, and a crab resting," with a painting of boats bobbing on a tranquil sea, whose color gently echoes the water glass on the bedside table of the previous spread. The story closes with the child tucked into bed and the moon whispering, "Good night." Hallensleben complements the hushed narrative with warm cushions of paint: the girl's thick blanket is egg-yolk yellow with orange-red dots and the pillows are as deep blue as the night sky. The outdoor panoramas have the same intimacy, whether they feature a lioness and her cubs, or a red tractor lumbering toward a yellow-lit farmhouse. As night gently envelops the landscapes, the words and art convey the snug warmth of a featherbed and a world as small as a neighborhood. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)

K-Gr 2‘In this quiet lyrical story by the collaborators of Baboon (Farrar, 1997), a sense of peace prevails. Evening approaches. Inside, a child goes through her bedtime rituals‘a story, a glass of water, a hug from Mama. Outside, the moon shines down on a world slowly preparing for nighttime‘stars appear, wind rocks a tree, a lion licks her cubs. The deeply saturated tones of the lovely, impressionistic oil paintings perfectly match the somnolent feeling of the text. Moonlight illuminates the countryside while warm colors exude a cozy ambiance in the house. The repetitious text adds to the subdued mood. Perfect for one-on-one sharing, this book will enhance bedtime story collections.‘Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX

"The events [in a child's bedroom] are quiet ones--the ticking of a clock, the reading of a book . . . Alternating with the interior landscapes is the moon's-eye-view across the globe of other slumber scenes . . . nomads and camels crouched among desert dunes, a lion likcing her cubs in a faraway den. A dreaming child blends the two worlds in a caravan of color." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews"A classic picture book of the highest caliber." --Starred, The Horn Book"With quiet phrases and luxurious color, Banks and Hallensleben evoke a perfectly peaceful bedtime . . . As night gently envelops the landscapes, the words and art convey the snug warmth of a featherbed and a world as small as a neighborhood." --Starred, Publisher's Weekly"The deeply saturated tones of the lovely, impressionistic oil paintings perfectly match the somnolent feeling of the text . . . perfect for one-on-one sharing, this book will enhance bedtime story collections." --Starred, School Library Journal

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