Kids enjoy this anthology of intelligent poems, answering such questions as why popcorn pops –it's terrific.
"Would clouds feel fluffy,/ Soft and grand,/ If I could touch them/ With my hand?" Amy Koss takes children's minds seriously, without losing sight of the beauty and magic of discovery. Her 14 factual poems are both entertaining and fascinating to children without ever being silly. Even the adult reader will likely learn something from Where Fish Go in Winter. It is an extraordinary work.
Baby Bear's Mum satisfies his 'before bed' needs so he can sleep/hibernate.
Baby Bear cannot settle into hibernation. Mother Bear has to get him a snack, a drink (water dripped from a branch) and the moon they used to sleep under! The solution to the latter problem is smart. At last, Baby Bear asks for (not another thing!) a good night kiss (that's nice) and they both fall asleep. Overall the story is uninspiring, and VM suggests children could fall asleep with better 'visions'.
Mountain echoes convince Bear the moon talks to him, then similar contrivances result in their 'exchanging' birthday gifts.
Bear decides the Moon should have a birthday, and travels to a mountain-top so he can ask what it wants. Asch carefully chooses Bear's wording to the moon, so that mountain echoes appear to offer answers. Similar contrivances give Bear and Moon the same birthday, with both wanting a hat, which they appear to exchange, and then lose. Though well-liked, the story's reliance on artifice takes unfair advantage of a child's credulity.
"Good night _______" is said to a number of dull, inanimate features found in illustrations of a dull and dim room.
The text occasionally rhymes, but is often awkward. The mainly black and white picture elements are often creepy looking: there is a cat in a grandfather clock, scaring a mouse; a 'grandma' rabbit knitting in a chair simply disappears in subsequent images. In a sleepy and 'spacey' way, with no redeeming message or atmosphere, your child can be bored to sleep.
Kate's fantasy dream, in which she is a cat meeting another, white cat.
Kate, perhaps dreaming, turns into a cat and sneaks out of the house for a fantasy rendezvous with an all white male cat, under a sky full of dreams. When she leaves, it is as if she is awake for the transformation. In the morning the family discusses their dreams, and her only comment is "Meow, Meow." Kate, the Cat and the Moon is nothing more than aimless fantasy for no other reason than that the author can fantasize. The illustrations are equally crude.
Newly orphaned Cora equates the moon with parental love, and learns that on moonless nights the moon "hadn't gone anywhere... It was only sleeping!"
This is a story of parental deception. Cora's mother said the moon is "the place where all lost things go". After her parents died, it was the moon that was Cora's biggest concern when she arrived at the orphanage. As long as it was there she thought "nothing had been lost". Old Hiram showed her the moon through his telescope, but the waning moon on Christmas Eve frightened her. Hiram's gift of a telescope enabled her to see the moon's reliability. Not feeling alone, she "bravely" spreads her mother's deception to the other children.