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Cry-Baby Moon by Katerina Mataira
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Summary: Moon is very upset that she cannot see her reflections in the sea. She begins taking advice from her friend’s cloud, rain, and thunder and lighting. But none of their advice work. She bumps into rainbow. Like the rest of her friends, Rainbow gives the moon advice on how to see her reflection in the sea. Unlike the other friends, Rainbows advice actually works and the moon is able to see her reflection in the sea.

Critique: This is a good book to teach children to never give up. With hard work comes success. It also teaches students to never change their appearance. The reason clouds, rains, and thunder and lightning advice didn't work is because they told the moon to change the way it looked. Which in the end did nothing but make the moon even more sad.

Prompts: Bring a two mirrors. One that is covered and the other uncovered. Have the students look on the covered one and ask them if they change something about themselves will they be able to see their reflections. Then read the book. Once you have read it tell the students what the book is about and show them the mirror that is uncovered. Showing them that they don't have to change who they are.

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Writing- Have the students write about themselves. Telling what makes them different and unique. Then have the students share it with the class.
Reading- Talk about different feelings that people can feel. Use the book to find evidence of different feelings.
  Kim_Brewer2017 | Sep 7, 2016 |
This is a simple story with an important message about not giving up until you find the right advice to follow to solve your problem. Young children will love the magical images of the moon, rain, and rainbow. The effect of the illustrations and gentle fable is soothing and reassuring. At home, this would make a very nice go-to-bed book.

This would be a wonderful read out loud book because it has little text per page and gorgeous illustrations for children to focus on....children could point out what they notice on each page even before the text is read. This would be a good book for any kind of circle time reading that could lead to a unit on weather and/or celestial bodies. The illustrations would serve as models for children to create their own views of the sun, moon, sea, weather, etc.
  kimcc | Jun 19, 2010 |
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  9030 | Jan 31, 2010 |
2,So Moon changed her colour from white,to bright yellow.
4,10min ( )
  9063yui | Jan 18, 2010 |
1.Upset because she is unable to see her reflection in the sea, moon takes some advice from Cloud, Thunder, Lightening and finally Rainbow.

2.Then Moon floated across the sky and looked down.
3.about 800

4.15min ( )
  8050katsuya | Jan 14, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 090860680X, Hardcover)

The Moon is crying because she can't see her face in the sea. This is a modern Maori fable, brought to life in a simple, magical way.

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Upset because she is unable to see her reflection in the sea, Moon takes some advice from Cloud, Thunder, Lightning and finally Rainbow. Suggested level: pre-school, junior, primary.

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