Picture book for ages 8 and up.
Having learned from Mama that the world is filled with things
that do what they please like the moon and the cat, eight-year-old Tess wonders
why she and Mama are constantly told what to do. They are told when to play,
when to eat, and even when to sleep. Mama gently explains that they are slaves
and are told what to do because they are owned by the couple in the big house
whose fields they work. But Tess realizes that a person can never truly be
owned. The master cannot control her mind or her heart.
This is a tender story that tells of the heartbreak of
slavery and one little girl’s powerful plea for freedom.
I made sure to read WHO TELLS THE MOON TO SLEEP on my iPad so that I could see Bill Pilgrim‘s art work in color. I’m glad I did because the colorful pictures went well with the story. I was able to finish the picture book in one sitting but it still seemed to long for a children’s book. My biggest complaint was that at the end of the story the author bludgeoned the reader with the theme or moral of the story. However, WHO TELLS THE MOON TO SLEEP is a kids story and sometimes kids need to be hit really hard before they pay attention.
WHO TELLS THE MOON TO SLEEP had a few flaws but I liked it. I could totally see this book being displayed at Barnes and Nobles or at a school library.
This was the last book for the Blogger Book Fair. The fair ended last Friday, but better late than never.