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Beautiful Moon: A Child’s Prayer

Bolden, Tonya (Author)
Velasquez, Eric (Illustrator)
Abrams 2014. 28 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781419707926 (hardcover)
9781613126790 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

recurring patterns, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This thoughtful book is excellent for quiet, reflective reading times. Soft-focus, realistic paintings seem to shimmer in dim moonlight, as a little boy remembers to say his bedtime prayers. “‘What a beautiful moon,’ he whispers. Then he bows his head.”

The same moon shines on a number of scenes, such as a homeless woman, cold on a park bench (“The little boy prays for people with no homes”) and a man who seems full of privilege, until the next scene shows he is thinking of his daughter, a soldier at war. In another image, a couple gaze on bare cupboards, “longing to see them stocked with rice and beans, noodle and peas.” Another scene shows people serving meals at a soup kitchen: “the little boy prays for people, little and big, to have the food they need.”

Illustrations depict the boy with hands clasped, kneeling in Christian prayer. But the language is non-denominational; there is the opportunity to discuss commonalities and differences among styles of prayer.

This boy’s prayer finishes with family and things close to his heart—and a promise under the moonlight: “When tomorrow night comes, he won’t forget to pray.”

  •  

    Read the non-fiction text, Everyone Prays by Alexis Lumbard. Discuss what it means to pray. When, where and why do people pray?

  •  

    On a picture walk, describe and discuss the characters, setting and plot.

  •  

    Discuss the people in your personal world who may need to be in your prayers or thoughts. Create a caring corner: write note cards about people who need positive vibes: (e.g. Someone in my family is in the hospital; A friend is having a hard time today; I saw a homeless person as I was coming to school.)

  •  Discuss what a prayer is. When and why do we pray?
  •  

    On a picture walk, discuss the setting, the people and their situation.

  •  After the read-aloud, discuss how you are fortunate.
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    Discuss the people in your personal world who may need to be in your prayers or thoughts. Create a caring corner: write note cards about people who need positive vibes: (e.g. Someone in my family is in the hospital; A friend is having a hard time today; I saw a homeless person as I was coming to school.)

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Ethics and Religious Culture