The Moon Jumpers: Janice May Udry

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

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • 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

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