The Moon is a Silver Pond

Orca. Sept. 2019. 24p. Board $10.95. ISBN 9781459818644.
Toddler-PreS–This exquisitely illustrated board book offers many everyday images that look like the moon. They vary in size, like the titular silver pond, a lost button, to the head of a nail. A child living in a farmhouse is the one who primarily interacts with these items, but since viewers never really see their face, they act as a stand-in for all children reading the book. The book introduces readers to the concept of metaphor, as items don’t need to look exactly like the moon to represent the celestial body. While the book is meant for younger kids, older ones could also enjoy reading it with parents and identifying everyday objects that remind them of other things. The book incites further conversation by asking, “What is the moon to you?” Bisaillon’s illustrations play with perspective and mixed media for an end result that is both calming and stunning. Cassidy’s words have a subtle lyricism, which draws from her poetry background.
VERDICT Board books don’t often get this level of artistic care. Highly recommended for board book collections.

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