The Moon Jumpers
Author: Janice May Udry
Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Harper & Row
Publication Year: 1959
Brief Summary: Children enjoying a moonlit evening outdoors, dancing, playing tag, making up poems, until it’s time for bed.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1960 Honor Book United States
- Talk about what makes a day — morning, noon, afternoon, evening, night… This book is about evening/night time. What sort of things can you do in the evening/nighttime? What kinds of sounds do you hear? What kinds of things might you see?
- Do things look different to you in the day vs. in the night? What are some examples? In the book, a giant shadow approaches the kids and scare them. What did it turn out to be? Do you remember a time when you were out at night and thought you saw something that turned out to be something else?
- Science: making shadow puppets…what is a shadow? how do you make a shadow?
- Animals — what are some animals that come out at night? Discuss the word “nocturnal”.
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Science: day-night cycle; nocturnal animals; what makes a shadow
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library