I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me

Jonathan London, Author, Peter M. Fiore, Author, Peter M. Fiore, Illustrator
Jonathan London, Author, Peter M. Fiore, Author, Peter M. Fiore, Illustrator Viking Children's Books $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-670-85918-4
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-14-055487-8
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-13509-2
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London (Red Wolf Country, reviewed below) amplifies the Irish folk song about the moon (``I see the moon/ and the moon sees me./ God bless the moon/ and God bless me'') to trace the activities of a solitary boy from morning until night as he backpacks through the countryside. At each turn of the page, the boy greets the things he notices: ``I see the birds/ and the birds see me./ Hello birds, / are you singing to me?'' Whether he is paddling a kayak, climbing a mountain or wading a burbling creek, the refrain is nearly identical: ``I see the flowers/ and the flowers see me./ Hello flowers,/ are you smiling for me?'' Fiore's sun-drenched, sometimes impressionistic paintings focus mainly on panoramic landscapes-a field of wildflowers, a seascape perfect for kite-flying, a winding country road-making the center painting, of a bee nestled in a burst of golden petals, all the more startling. When considered separately, the art and text are commendable, but unfortunately each seems designed for a different audience. While the text might enchant preschoolers, its repetitiveness will likely bore older children, and the depiction of the mature boy seems more appropriate for a middle-grade reader than for a toddler. Ages 2-7. (Mar.)