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We are big fans of picture books in this house and even now my daughters are getting that little bit older, they are still firm favourites and they always make a bee line to this section in our local library. On a recent visit, one of the books that they picked up and absolutely loved was Bringing down the Moon by Jonathan Emmett.
This is a heart warming story about a delightful little character called Mole. One night he sees a shiny full moon high up in the sky and thinks that it is the most beautiful thing that he has ever seen! He doesn't actually know that it is the moon though but he does decide that he wants it so he keeps jumping up and down trying to reach it - which of course he is unable to do. His jumping up and down though makes such a thumping noise that he wakes up rabbit who was sleeping in his burrow. Rabbit tells Mole that the thing he is trying to reach is the moon and that it is actually much further away than it looks!
However, Mole is undeterred and he keeps going in his quest to catch the moon. He tries getting a stick to poke it down; he finds some acorns to throw up and knock it down; and he climbs a tree in order to fetch it down. In each attempt he is obviously unsuccessful but each time he does succeed in waking up a different woodland creature who all try to explain that he will never reach the moon.
Finally though he spots the reflection of the moon in a puddle and, thinking that he has been successful, reaches down to pick it up only for it to break into pieces as he disturbs the reflection. He is very upset, thinking that he has broken the moon and that he will never see it again. That is until all the other creatures point out that the moon is still up in the sky and that it still looks very beautiful. They do, however, point out to Mole for the last time, that it is actually further away than he thinks!
I think that this is such a beautiful book with its simple but moving storyline. Mole's thoughts are ones that most children might have had at sometimes and also his determination. All of the characters are gorgeous especially Mole who is very cute and I am sure that most young children will warm to them all.
For a picture book, there is a bit more text than I would usually expect, but this is good for slightly older children as this provides a more substantial storyline. We like the way that there is a repetitive style in the book with Mole keeping trying to bring the moon down, but failing and then disturbing another creature. The pattern starts to become familiar and my daughters appreciate this and it also inspires them to bring their own ideas to the story. For example one of them suggested that he might get a ladder but it would then fall on a sleeping field mouse and wake him up too. I always love it when we discover a book like this that seems to fire up my daughters' imaginations too.
The language used is quite straight forward although there are some wonderful alliterative phrases too. The stick goes 'swishety - swish' and the acorns go 'plinkety - plink' for examples and as these are written in capitals my daughters love emphasising the way they say these. Also the text is very manageable for my six year old daughter who is becoming quite independent in her reading now.
There are some beautiful illustrations provided by Vanessa Cabban especially ones of the shimmering silvery moon lighting up the night time sky. There is a lovely warmth to all the pictures but also quite a lot of humour too as Mole gets up to his various antics!
Overall this is a wonderful children's picture book which to me contains all the right ingredients - a great storyline with a certain amount of repetition, accessible text and fantastic illustrations. All of these contribute to a fabulous feel good feeling as you read it.
The book is published by Walker books and can be bought on Amazon for £4.99.
On a star filled moonlit night when everyone is asleep Mole burrows out of the ground and sees the moon for the first time. Its the most beautiful thing hes ever seen. He wants it and sets about trying to get it so that he could have it to keep.
Mole tries jumping up to grab it but only suceeds in waking Rabbit who tells Mole that the moon is further away than he thinks. Mole tries poking it with a long pokey stick but doesn't manage to poke down the moon, although he does manage to wake Hedgehog who offers the same advice. Mole tries to knock it down like a giant coconut in a celestial fairground by throwing acorns at it. Still the moon doesn't come down, although a rather grumpy sleepy squirrel does reiterating that the moon is further away than Mole thinks. Mole tries to get closer to the moon by climbing a tree to fetch it down. What happens next is unexpected. Moles wish is granted briefly, resulting in a roller coaster of emotions from sadness to elation but Mole is surrounded by his friends.
The pictures are soothing, almost dreamlike making this a great bedtime story. The reflection of the moon on the animals and their surroundings lends a magical feel to the whole book. Its yet another of my daughters favourite stories.
Available in a 24 page £4.99 paperback, a hardback at £10.99 or a £10.99 gift pack complete with toy mole.
This book makes a perfect choice for a heartwarming bedtime read. I started reading it to my son at bedtime when he was 18 months old. Obviously he's too young to read it but he loves listening to the story and looking at all the pictures. The writing in it is very clear so is perfect for when he does start reading.
The book tells the story of a mole who sees the moon in the sky one night and decides it's so beautiful he must have it for himself. He tries everything to reach the moon, despite his friends warnings that it's farther away than it looks. He keeps trying and trying until he falls out of a tree and sees the moons reflection in the pond. He touches the water only for the moon to disappear and he fears he'll never see the moon again. I wont spoil the ending for you all, but it is heartwarming.
The book is beautifully illustrated and my son loves pointing at and naming all the little animals. I would say this book is suitable from 18 months to around 5 years of age. I have the paperback 32 page 'reading time' version, which cost me £4.99 from Amazon. You can also get it in hardback and board book version.
Bringing down the moon is one of my favourite books to read with my daughter. I love the illustrations by Vanessa Cabban the pictures on the book are nice.
The story is about a mole who wants the moon. He tries several ways to bring the moon down to him including jumping up to get it, knocking it down with a stick, throwing acorns at it to knock it down, then finally he climbs a tree to fetch it. Unfortunately, he falls from the tree and lands in a puddle where he sees that he has done it the moon is next to him in a puddle. When he goes to pick the moon up it shatters into pieces. (He is looking at the reflection in the puddle)
Then a cloud comes across the sky and his moon vanishes. Mole becomes very sad as he thinks he has broken the moon. Luckily, his friend's hedgehog, rabbit and squirrel come along and explain to mole that it is fine and the moon reappears from behind the cloud. Mole then decides that the moon is so beautiful it needs to stay where everyone can see it.
We have had this book since my daughter was about 2 years old and as time has gone by she has learn the concept of reflections etc. she can also read this book to herself now which is lovely because she can read me my favourite story.
The back cover says, "Mole thinks the moon is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen- and he wants it. But bringing down the moon is not as easy as he thinks!"
This book has the RRP price of £10.99 I think we paid about £3 for it from the book people the ISBN number is 0-7445-7552-4
I just love the story and the illustrations in the book it is such a nice peaceful book for bedtime.
Bringing down The Moon
By Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Vanessa Cabban
After my recent and ever so successful trip to our local library we came back with about seven books all ranging in story and format. This particular book grabbed my attention, as it is in board book format so easy for Jack to grab hold of and try and turn the page himself! Of course getting it from the library is the cheapest way to enjoy the book but the price on the cover is a reasonable £4.99 pence.
The book consists of 24 large board type pages each one has a brilliant illustration coving the entire page with writing over the top of the picture. There are not too may words within the whole book but enough for a short story and perhaps ideal for a bedtime.
The story is basically about a small mole aptly called "mole" that sees the moon up in the night sky and thinks, " that it was the most beautiful thing that he had ever seen." He decides that he must have the moon and continues through out the book to try to get the moon down.
Whilst trying to get the moon mole wakes a few friends of his such as rabbit, hedgehog and squirrel who all tell mole that he will never be able to bring down the moon. Mole carries on regardless and try as he might he cannot get near enough.
Mole attempts to climb a large tree as he sees the moon balancing on a branch, he's nearly got it when he falls from the tree into the middle of a puddle. He sees the moon lying in the puddle and thinks it has fallen along with him from the tree. As he reaches out to get it he sees the moon splinter into a hundred tiny pieces and disappear.
Mole thinks he has destroyed the moon and sits and cries. Soon after his friends rabbit, squirrel and hedgehog appear to see if mole is OK. He tells them that he will never be able to see the moon again as he has pulled it down and now broken it. His friend's dance and cheer as they tell mole that he will indeed see the moon again, he hasn't broken it and he certainly didn't pull it down!
As the four friends look up into the night sky they see the moon coming out from behind a cloud and are all able to bask in its beauty.
The whole book is wonderfully illustrated and has such a lovely story to it that I enjoyed reading it and Jack enjoyed looking at all the pictures. I would say it is certainly worth paying out the £4.99pence for. I will probably hire it again from the library but I am probably not going to hunt it down and buy it for Jack. The main reason for this is that he will soon be moving away from board books and there really are not enough words in the book for me to want to buy it for him. I think if it was one story in a large collection of stories then it would be worth paying for but I am quite happy to have been able to borrow it out from the library.
All in all though a really good children's book with a warm tale of friendship and beauty. It can't be bad can it!
Hot-diggerty! Whatever's that? exclaims Mole as he burrows out of the ground one night and catches sight of the moon. He thinks it's the most beautiful thing he's ever seen and he wants it, so he sets about trying to pull it down - to no avail. When all of his efforts prove to be in vain, he suddenly notices the moon's in a puddle at his feet and reaches to pick it up...and breaks it. Poor Mole's inconsolable, until he is shown that the moon is not broken at all, but just as beautiful as ever, hanging in the sky like a bright silver coin. And it's not as near as it looks!