Regards to the Man in the Moon (Reading rainbow book) Paperback – 1 Jul 1987
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About the Author
Ezra Jack Keats (1916 1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author ofThe Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Dayhas come to be regarded as both a children s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter the star ofThe Snowy Day," "Whistle for Willie," "Peter's Chair," "A Letter to Amy," "Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online atwww.ezra-jack-keats.org" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This one is less well-known, I think, than some of the others such as The Snowy Day... and I'm not very surprised.
The story itself is great. A kid is teased for his father owning a junkyard, and his parents help him use the junk to build a pretend spaceship... so he and some of the other kids pretend to travel through space, and the story is built up with what they pretend to see. Great!
Except I found it a little moralizing. Louie talks actively about "using our imagination" and "don't you have any imagination" and "they thought they ran out of imagination", and we're explicitly told that the two kids who "ran out of imagination" found themselves unable to move in their make-believe world (probably because they weren't really moving, but let's not go there). I don't hear children speaking like this in real life. It sounds more like teacher-talk than like child-talk to me - children are more likely to say "let's pretend" or "let's make like" - or to even just go ahead and *do* it. And if they can't come up with something, they say that or let somebody else make things up instead of bemoaning their lack of imagination.
It's still a good book, and a good addition to your library, but I prefer The Pet Show or Whistle for Willie instead.
Louie is embarrassed because his friends call him the junkman, so when he tells his dad, both his parents get to work showing Louie and his friends that junk is only in the eye of the beholder.
Louie had no idea that you could build a space explorer with the things in his backyard, but his parent understood and that set Louie on a day of adventure.
"It's not Voyager 3, it is Imagination 1"
Sometimes you just need the love of a parent and the faith of good friends to help you open your mind and imagine. Most importantly, if you become scared and run out of imagination, hitch your ship to a friend, and they will help you along.
This book changed my mind! There are treasures out there.... you just have to dig through the mundane to find it!
From first to last, this book is enjoyable to adults and to children. It's my favorite children's book so far.