Perfect Picture Book Friday – How The Moon Regained Her Shape

I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking I should just start Fridays off by going to the library.  Then I could fire up my computer, read all these wonderful posts, and be right in the library to snatch up every picture book that strikes my fancy 🙂  Except the library in these parts doesn’t open until noon on Friday… and that’s way too late to get started 🙂

Today’s Perfect Picture Book serves two purposes: it’s a great story – one with that folktale flavor I love – but it also carries an anti-bullying message and as such is a wonderful choice for this month which is National Bullying Prevention Month.

How The Moon Regained Her Shape
Written By: Janet Ruth Heller
Illustrated By: Ben Hodson
Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2006

Suitable For: ages 4-8
Themes/Topics: Native American folktale, phases of the moon, kindness, bullying, friendship
Opening: “Once the moon was round and full, proud of her gentle light.  She did not fear the darkness around her.  She danced across the sky, laughing as she twirled her skirts.
Brief Synopsis: The happy moon is deeply hurt by cruel words from the sun.  She takes them to heart and the resulting sadness causes her to shrink away.  Fortunately, her kind friend Comet is worried and sends her to Round Arms who helps her see her true worth, how loved she is, and that one should never listen to the mean words of a bully.  Her confidence restored, she once more graces the sky.

Links To Resources: The back of the book itself has a “Creative Minds” section which lists information and activities related to the phases of the moon and how to deal with bullies, a List Of Related Websites from Sylvan Dell, Teaching Activities from Sylvan Dell, Comprehension Quiz from Sylvan Dell, Math Quiz from Sylvan Dell.

Why I Like This Book: The book is written in the style of a Native American folktale.  It is both a story about how bullying can hurt someone and an explanation for the phases of the moon.  The two are woven beautifully together.  The art has a southwestern feel to it and suits the story perfectly.  This book has won a number of awards, including a 2006 Book Sense Pick, a 2007 Children’s Choice, a Benjamin Franklin Award for art in 2007, and a Gold Medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards 2007, all with good reason!  It is a lovely, gentle story with a subtle, important message.

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

Before we all go off to read all the other wonderful entries today, I’d like to announce that the Perfect Picture Book Book Mark design is complete, and I’m ready to order them!!!  So exciting, isn’t it?  Here’s what they’ll look like:

Sorry you have to twist your neck this way and that to see!
I’m not tech-savvy enough to turn these around 🙂

If you would like some to hand out to local librarians, teachers, parents, day care providers, preschools, friends and relations – anyone you think would enjoy the resource and benefit from it, please let me know.  You can mention it in the comments and/or use the handy Email Me button in the right sidebar to let me know how many you’d like and the address to which I should mail them.  You can also email me at susanna[at]susannhill[dot]com if you have trouble with that button!  Help us spread the word! 🙂

Now, if all you lovely PPBF bloggers would kindly leave your post-specific link in the list below, we will all come visit you and see what fabulous offerings you have for us this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, and don’t forget to tune in Monday for an interview with Natasha Yim and a giveaway of her new book, Sacajawea Of The Shoshone!

50 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – How The Moon Regained Her Shape

  1. Jennifer Rumberger says:

    Wow! I don't think I've ever had the first comment! This sounds like a great book. My book is from Sylvan Dell today as well! 🙂

    The bookmarks are wonderful! I would love some to pass around. Just let me know what you need from me.

  2. Angela Brown says:

    This picture book really does fit the bullying aspect. It is kind of interesting, but I don't think I'd ever considered the waning and returning of the moon in such a way. Which is why I adore writers putting great folktales to pen to share the stories with the world.

  3. pennyklostermann says:

    How the Moon Regained Her Shape sounds like a very unique book. Sometimes I am amazed at the cleverness of writers! I'm adding this to my library list.

    The bookmark is awesome! Perfect! I love that you included a QR code…very handy and techy! I will email you my address because I would love to have some to hand out!

  4. Kim MacPherson says:

    Your selection today sounds amazing, Susanna… I love folktale type stories as well! And I'd LOVE to get some bookmarks… I have a favorite librarian at my son's school that I am sure would be happy to give them out. Currently, they hand-make bookmarks from colored paper and leave them at the check-out desk. Kids love those, so I can imagine they will eat these up!! I'll email you my address… thank you!!

  5. Clarike Bowman-Jahn says:

    Love, Love, love the bookmarks and I would dearly love some. I”ll email my address.

    I also love and adore folktales so this book is definitely one I should familiarize myself with and think your idea of opening the blog hop in the library is a fantastic idea. 🙂 Maybe once I get a tablet I'll do just that so I can read all the good books right there as I find out about them from our friends on the hop.

  6. Patricia Tilton says:

    I really like Native American because they always have a wonderful message. But, this is an interesting message about bullying — the sun bullies the moon. Very clever way to get the point across.

    Would love 10-15 bookmarks.

  7. Carrie Finison says:

    I love reading retold (or invented) folktales. This sounds like a great story. And I LOVE stories about the moon, too.

    I missed posting for PPBF today but will be back next week.

  8. Beth Stilborn says:

    That book sounds wonderful, Susanna! I love books like that! I think you'll like the book I have lined up for November 16th (yes, I already have it planned — it's to honor my Mum.)

    Now to try to figure out how many bookmarks I want. Gazillions comes to mind… I talked to a woman in the library (just a patron, not an employee) the other day, and wished that I had a bookmark to give her. Instead I wrote down my blog addy for her, and suggested she check it today, and follow the link to your list. I hope she does! Handing out a bookmark will be WAY easier!

  9. Vivian Kirkfield says:

    What a lovely book, Susanna…I'm always happy to add titles to my list of stories that address bullying…this one is great because it is so unique and also because it is for slightly older kids. Native American folktales bring home to us the wisdom that was part of that culture…perhaps we would not have our environmental woes of today if we could live with nature as they did.
    Yes, I could LIVE in the library, I think…I used to want to when I was young! And I'd love some bookmarks…I would give them to kindergarten teachers when I do school visits and also to our local librarians. Please let me know if you need anything from me…I know you have my address…how about something to defray the postage cost?

  10. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    So glad you like the book, Vivian. I LOVE folktales of all kinds – I don't know why exactly but they really appeal to me. If you let me know how many book marks you would like – 5? 10? 20? more? – I will send them along in due course 🙂 I wanted to get an approximate idea of how many were wanted before I ordered, becauser the more you order at once the better price you get.

  11. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    This is a great book, Beth, and I love this type of story too! I can't believe you've planned out to Nov. 16 (which is also my dear friend and college roommate's birthday!)! I've planned through October 26 and that is an aberration – I usually fly by the seat of my pants 🙂

  12. julierowanzoch says:

    I think I could use this book today. No, I have not been bullied (lately!), but the clouds are gloomy, and I know we are fast approaching the darkest night in October. The library IS my second home, and sure I would take and distribute bookmarks!

  13. Amy Dixon says:

    This book sounds like a unique take on the bullying theme. Sylvan Dell always does a great job thinking through resources and how their books will be used. I would definitely take a handful of bookmarks…I have explained the PPB list to my kids' teachers but it would be nice to have something to hand them.

    Thanks, Susanna!

  14. Beth Stilborn says:

    Lest you think I'm that organized, I must assure you that I don't have all the Fridays up to November 16th planned, just the 16th itself, because I'm doing a book in honor of my Mum that week.

  15. Kirsten Larson says:

    This book would be a lovely addition to our “space” library. We have lots of facts-based books but nothing narrative like this.

  16. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Phew! I'm a little relieved 🙂

    Beth Stilborn (unregistered) wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:

    Lest you think I'm that organized, I must assure you that I don't have all the Fridays up to November 16th planned, just the 16th itself, because I'm doing a book in honor of my Mum that week.

    Link to comment
    IP address: 65.87.233.107

  17. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Well I'm so glad you're first today 🙂 All I need is how many bookmarks you want – 10? 20? 50? People have asked for anywhere from 10 – 200, so it all depends what kind of need you have 🙂 I think I still have your address from Short & Sweets…

  18. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    How could the book marks not be awesome with your gorgeous drawing on them? 🙂 Please let me know how many you'd like – I haven't placed the order yet. And this is a lovely book – I hope your library has it!

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