Dedicated to astronaut Neil Armstrong, A Kite for Moon is the perfect children’s book to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United States moon landing.
What would it be like if the moon was your friend? Find out as you walk alongside a little boy who journeys through life to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. And then blast off with your little one as you zoom to the moon together!
The story begins when a little boy, who is flying his kite, notices a sad Moon. He sends up kites to her, writing notes promising he will come see her someday. This promise propels him through years of studying, learning, and training to become an astronaut. Until … he finally goes up, up, up in a big rocket ship with a fiery tail!
A Kite for Moon, written by New York Times bestselling author of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi Stemple, is a heartfelt story about a young boy’s fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon.
A Kite for Moon:
- Features over 20 gorgeous illustrations by award-winning artist Matt Phelan
- Contains a beautiful presentation page, making this book ideal for gift giving
- Is the perfect storybook for children ages 4 to 8
- Celebrates every child’s fascination with space
- Features a gorgeous cover that sparkles and shines with gloss and foil
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Jane has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She sets the highest standard for the industry, not only in the meaningful body of work she has created, but also in her support of fellow authors and artists. Her books range from the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series to the Caldecott winning Owl Moon to popular novels such as The Devil’s Arithmetic, Snow in Summer, and The Young Merlin Trilogy, to award-winning books of poetry such as Grumbles from the Forest, and A Mirror to Nature. In all, she has written over 335 books (she’s lost count), won numerous awards (one even set her good coat on fire), and has been given six honorary doctorates in literature. For more information, please visit www.janeyolen.com.
Heidi E.Y. Stemple didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author Jane Yolen. Since then, she has published twenty books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children.
Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of the picture books Druthers and Pignic, as well as the graphic novels The Storm in the Barn (winner of the Scott O’Dell Award), Around the World, Bluffton, and Snow White. Matt lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While a dreamy and fanciful tale, this story could also be a biography of any kid who has ever fallen in love with the moon and wanted to go there one day. Beautiful for a bedtime read, but really perfect for any time!
A KITE FOR MOON is a cute children's book commemorating the first steps on the moon. The storytellers humanize the moon, making Neil Armstrong the moon's only friend and sending kites to the lonely moon. I didn't like that aspect of the book, but I did like how it mentioned how Neil Armstrong studied to become an astronaut and worked for his goal. My dad made the maps of the moon and picked out the landing places for this first trip so I have a special connection to this event. If you are looking for a cute children's book, consider A KITE FOR MOON. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
“So he wrote on his kite, promising to come some day for a visit. Then he let go of his kite, sending it up, up, up for Moon,” writes Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple in their children’s book, A Kite for Moon. ~ What ~ At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound with a jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories about the moon. With no scary scenes, it is dedicated to Neil Armstrong, paying homage to the fiftieth anniversary of his moon landing. Including some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers. After ownership and dedication pages, broad pen and ink with colored illustrations cover the full pages with a short tale of a young boy flying a kite who thinks the Moon is sad so promises to visit it. As he grows up and learns all about traveling in outer space, he accomplishes his goal years later by landing on the Moon. ~Why ~ This is a charming story that promotes having a goal and achieving it over time. I appreciated that it showed how it takes time and perseverance to get what you want. The boy is sensitive by considering the Moon is sad and wanting to comfort it like his mother does by giving it a hug. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not like stories about the moon may not enjoy this book. Beginner readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce. ~ Wish ~ While I found the story engaging, I wish the illustrations were a little more eye-catching and detailed to hold the interest of little ones. ~ Want ~ If you have a son or daughter who loves outer space, science, and the moon, this is a thoughtful story that also promotes having a challenge and accomplishing a task. Thanks to the Z Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
Stunning book with a beautiful message. My kids will love seeing this in their Easter baskets!