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And If the Moon Could Talk    by Kate Banks & Georg Hallensleben order for
And If the Moon Could Talk
by Kate Banks
Order:  USA  Can
Sunburst, 2005 (2000)
Hardcover, Softcover

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Georg Hallensleben's rich paintings set lush, vibrant scenes for Kate Banks' charming picture book, in which a child gradually prepares for bed as 'Twilight blazes a trail across the wall. / And if the moon could talk, / it would tell of evening / stealing through the woods / and a lizard scurrying home to supper.'

As always this author/illustrator pair emphasize the human connection to the natural world through lyrical text and evocative illustrations. Oriented to bedtime, And If the Moon Could Talk is aimed at a slightly older child than the classic Goodnight Moon. Here, a little girl is shown making her own bedtime preparations, before Papa joins her with a book, and 'A story unfolds like a banner wandering across the sky.'

The story contrasts each step of that bedtime ritual with what's going on in the world outside - 'And if the moon could talk, / it would tell of the wind rocking a tree / and a bird safe in its nest.' And If the Moon Could Talk makes a welcome, comforting addition to any little one's bedtime bookshelf.

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