Book Review: The Moon Inside by Sandra V. FederNovember 8, 2016
My two kids are so different from one another when it comes to bedtime. One will gladly fall in, while the other will stall all the way. We try the story, hugs and pile ALL of their favorite stuffed animals around them for company and still they want us by their side. Most of the time I give in, how hard is it to cuddle for a few extra minutes, its fine if you can tip toe away without waking them, right? Sometimes, I fall asleep though ha.
The Moon Inside, is a beautifully illustrated picture book, giving children the tools to embrace nighttime rather than fear it.
Author Sandra V. Feder, a mother of three, witnessed her own children struggle with a fear of the dark. As darkness fell, she watched them go through the house turning on lights to make the dark go away. However, she noticed that when they were outside when dusk came, they were less afraid.
Sandra used this lesson to create the character of Ella who learns an appreciation of nighttime by learning to connect with nature as her mother encourages her to look at the soft glow of the moon and the fireflies dancing in the night. She also encourages her to listen to the sounds of the night... crickets chirping and the wind in the trees. As the story gently proceeds, Ella gradually comes to feel more comfortable by embracing what shines in the night.
We think The Moon Inside is a lovely, colorful story. Ella's favorite color is yellow and illustrator Aimee Sicuro's luminous illustrations really bring out the beauty of the story, inspiring both grownups and children alike "to welcome the peaceful nature of nighttime into their homes and hearts." What wonderful memories Ella and her mother make by sitting on their porch, listening to the sounds of the night... so much to hear, share and see. Appreciating the moon to quietly glow in the night. A beautiful story!
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