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Sidney, Stella, and the Moon

Yarlett, Emma (Author/Illustrator)
Templar 2013. 40 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9780763666231 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

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

Description:

This utterly delightful story begins with a fine portrait of a sibling relationship, in both language and image: “Stella had a lot of fun with Sidney” shows her mocking his angel costume. “Sidney had a lot of fun with Stella” shows him scaring her at night. A struggle over a ball sends it out the window and “It did what bouncy balls do best. It bounced HIGHER and HIGHER and HIGHER . . . .”

Children will love the interplay of words with the illustrations. As the ball’s arc is traced, it heads straight for the moon. On the impact of its final bounce, the illustration reads, “UH-OH.”

A mix of styles and media create extremely dense, imaginative images that work perfectly with the surreal story. Detailed backgrounds combine pencil scribble effects with diagrammatic lines, as the siblings search for a moon replacement. Constellations are etched in the stars, as the children prepare a jump rope to slingshot their wheel of cheese (“slightly nibbled”) into the sky.

The power of cooperation is demonstrated when their tug-of-war is transformed into a team effort: “and then—PING! The “moon” sat snugly in the night sky once more. Phew!”

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    Based on the front cover, predict what this story will be about. Were your predictions accurate? Do you think Sidney and Stella are twins? Do you think this story is plausible? Justify your answers.

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    Survey the class. How many students know the myth about the moon being made out of cheese? Why do you think the author chose “glowing” cheese? Research what the moon is actually made of. 

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    Discuss what you think will happen to the moon once the sun rises. With what might Sidney and Stella replace the cheese moon? How will they get their new moon up in the sky? Write an alternate ending for this story. 

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    Practise reading the nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle”. Discuss which words rhyme. What makes this nursery rhyme funny? Brainstorm for other animals to replace the cow.

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    Briefly scan the illustrations and talk about what you notice. Predict what the story will be about. 

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    Discuss why Sidney and Stella don’t like to share. Who do you share with? What things do you share? How do you feel when you share with others?

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    In pairs, role-play sharing something, or someone, in the classroom. Talk about the potential difficulties of sharing. Suggest solutions.

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    Make a class list of objects that could be used to replace the moon, as in the story. Describe inventive ways for getting those objects up in the sky.

  • To cooperate with others
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Science and Technology