by the light of the moon: a story of kindness and friendship above the mighty mac

Summary:
Edge (a bald eagle) sits atop the Mackinac River brigde, wishing for friends. Would-be friends find him intimidating, so most creatures stay away. This morning, though, the gulls are acting differently. What's happening? Edge learns that Mrs. Beatrice (a bat) has lost her children. All of the birds are helping, but is there a job for Edge?
Educational Themes:
The illustrations make it easy to use the book for object identification with younger children. You can also talk about flying animals, including nocturnal ones (bats); geography (Mackinac Island); and acceptance.
Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 6-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The illustrations make sharing this book worth your time. For families who have an association with or who have visited Mackinac Island, this would make a nice "coffee table" book.
Little Kid Reaction
We tried for several nights to get our child to read this book. Finally, we just started reading it. She came over, sat down, and carefully listened to the whole story. She liked it, but it was not a story she wanted to read again.
Big Kid Reaction
The illustrations are what drew us to the book, particularly the cover. The story was Okay, and the message is positive, but it is not particularly distinctive. The story started out strong (even with talking animals), but then just trite.
Pros:

Kids will enjoy this story about friendship. The illustrations (particularly the animals' face) are engaging.

Cons:

There is nothing specific. There are lots of picture books about friendship and courage for this audience, and this one just didn't really stand out.


Title By The Light Of The Moon: A Story Of Kindness And Friendship Above The Mighty Mac
About
Author Lisa Dos Santo
Publisher Mango Tree Press © 2001
Illustrators Kate Belfy
ISBN 0970857101
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.95
Genres Animal Characters, Picture Book, Geography
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