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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Review: Sun and Moon

Sun and Moon have held their respective places in the sky for years. Sun looks after the day. Moon looks after the night. But Moon thinks the night is boring — everyone's asleep, nothing happens. He begs Sun to swap places with him for just one night.

Sun is very wise. He agrees to swap with Moon, but on two conditions:
1. If the swap goes ahead, it will be permanent, not just for one night.
2. Before Moon decides whether he really does want to swap places, he must spend one night looking very closely at the Earth, closer than he's ever looked before.

Moon is ecstatic and happily agrees to the two conditions. That night he watches the Earth closer than he has ever done before. And what he finds surprises him. Foxes awake and go hunting. The flowers of a boab blossom. Cities are illuminated with colourful lights. Fireworks explode in the night sky. He watches the peaceful sleep of children. And he basks in the companionship of the stars.

Mmm, perhaps he shouldn't swap with Sun after all?

For anyone — adult or child — who has ever wished things were 'different' or felt that somebody else had it 'better', this is an enchanting story of finding the beauty in what we have. Lindsey Yankey's bold mixed-media illustrations are the perfect complement to her lyrical text. A delight from start to finish.

Title: Sun and Moon
Author/Illustrator: Lindsey Yankey
Publisher: Simply Read Books, $21.99 RRP
Publication Date: April 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781927018606
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book

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