The Moon is Broken: Monique B. Martin
Illustrated by Brian Flotte Jr.
Perfection: Is there really such a thing? When facing ourselves in a mirror each day do we wish to make changes or do we accept whom we are? Do people feel that others have to meet their standards? Are all children allowed to make mistakes and learn from them? These are some of the issues brought to light in The Moon is Broken by author Monique B. Martin and beautifully illustrated by Brian Flotte Jr making the story come to life for young readers.
Do you ever look up at the night sky and wish upon a star? Right in plain sight up in the sky on a clear night is the beautiful round moon; or sometimes well, not so round as one little girl named Taylor relates to the world when she finally gets ready for bed and says good night to her mom. Closing her eyes and then opening them again to take one last peek, she is startled by what she sees and immediately jumps into action to find the solution. She sees the moon, the shining stars but when she takes a closer look she things something is wrong. The shape of the moon looks wrong and she begins to think that it is broken. But, who would take a piece of the moon? What happened to the rest of it and will it fall apart or even fall down? Taylor is distraught and needs help. But, where will she go to find the answers? Can it be under her bed? It is really broken. She checks again and still sees the same thing. Taylor knows the moon is usually round so why does it look like something else?
Taylor is quite resourceful and she stops and thinks for a moment and looks at herself in the mirror and comments. She is smart, her mother says her eyes are beautiful and she feels that God makes us perfect and she smiles as she reflects on other things that God has created and made perfect like lakes, rivers grass and trees. But, that does not stop Taylor from wanting to alert God to the fact that the moon needs some first aid and help. Thinking maybe God could be resting or sick with the flu she knows exactly what to do and where to go for answers.
Let’s remember that Taylor is a kid and sometimes just like adults gets overwhelmed, processes too much information and as we see looking at the great pictures of her with a fireman, postman, fish, the White House and more thinking of how to solve this problem, we realize that author Monique B. Martin brings to light how one little girl processes so many thoughts, looks to others to help find answers but in the end she finds them in the most amazing place. What happens when Taylor rushes down the stairs and tells her mother what she sees? What does her mother tell her about the moon and its many shapes? What does she learn about the moon and why the shapes change throughout each month? Is the Moon really broken? Read this wonderful book that will bring parents and children together to talk about the moon, learn about the phases of the moon, reflect on so many other things that we take fore granted and even understand that asking questions is important and that parents, just like Taylor’s mother took the time to explain something that a young child did not understand. Not everyone is the same. Not everything stays the same and not everything is perfect. Our differences make us unique and who we are and what we are inside and outside. If everyone looked and acted the same what a boring world it be and we would never be able to tell each other apart. The author brings to light the many lessons within the book that can be learned in the area of science, the phases of the moon, how leaves on trees stay alive, fish in a bowl and caring for them, the lakes and rivers and what they provide for us and even caring for the green grass in our lawns. There are so many things that we see each day that many do not understand. So, is the moon really broken? Why does the sun heat up the sky? Is it really so far away? Understanding new things is vital to the growth of a child’s mind and as an educator this book can really teach children how to process their ideas and thoughts, not hesitate to ask for help and find out the answers to questions and learn that what you think you see is not always what is! This is a great book for children of all ages and even adults who need to learn: Do not judge a book by its cover because what is within the pages might surprise you! Let’s hope the author brings Taylor back for another adventure and finds answers to more questions.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer