Before they went back into the house, Ella looked up at the golden moon. “It’s my favorite color— only quieter.” she said.
The Moon Inside by Sandra V. Feder and Aimee Sicuro
Many children are afraid of the dark. My little guy is one of them. With my love of children’s literature I understand that books can be a powerful tool in helping our children to understand different concepts and they can be very comforting as well. I love it when I run across books that seem perfect for the needs of my children and are beautifully well done. This is one of those books. It is truly well done and helps address the fear children may have of the dark.
It is about a little girl named Ella who’s favorite color is yellow. She loves all things yellow and the crowning glory of her love of this color is the sun. Every night when the sun goes down she would take her mom’s hand and walk through the house turning on all of the lights in an effort to vanquish the dark. This continued until one night her wise mother leads her outside to discover the beauty that can be found in the night. Little Ella discovers fireflies that dance and give light as well as a big beautiful moon that glows in her favorite color, similar to the sun. Her mother and her enjoy some time outide listening to the enchanting sounds of the night and in the end Ella decides that she quite likes nighttime and it’s magical moon after all.
The text and illustrations in this book both compliment each other so well to produce a perfect bedtime story that is both calming and soothing in nature. The text has a nice flow to it and envokes a quiet feeling and the illustrations are done in mostly black and white with pops of yellow aplenty. It is a visual masterpiece as well as a wonderful aid for children afraid of the dark. It is one that definitely has me swooning and I know it will be one that we cherish for years to come.
“The Moon Inside” comes out from Groundwood Books September 13th