Friday, September 28, 2018

Rabbit Moon by Jean Kim

- Inspired By Korean Folklore -

According to Korean folklore, when you look at the full moon and see the outline of a rabbit that is standing next to a mortar and pounding rice into rice cakes, it is customary to make a wish.

Rabbit Moon begins with a raccoon writing a note, folding it into a paper airplane, then soaring it through his open window. Other neighbors do the same from their homes. The airplanes all head on a journey to the moon. When they arrive, a rabbit stirs them all together and transforms the paper wishes into stars.

At that point, Korean tradition mixes with author Jean Kim’s imagination.

The rabbit has only one star left in the bowl. Since he has his own wish he grabs hold of the last star. We watch him ascend, then watch his star fall until he plops on Earth. The first thing Rabbit sees is a raccoon, who helps him up from the ground and welcomes him into his house. Racoon introduces Rabbit to some of his friends who also are very welcoming. They all bicycle, go on walks, exactly what the rabbit has wished for: friends.

When the lunar cycle is complete and the sky is dark, Rabbit knows he must return home. The night needs to brighten with wish-stars once again. But he has one last wish, for himself.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: Nothing

What I Liked Most:  The story and illustrations work in perfect harmony to create a magical, feel good, book.

Author/Illustrator: Jean Kim
Publisher:  Arthur A. Levine Books (January 2018)


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  • Approx Word Count: 125
  • Ages: 3 - 5
  • Pages: 40

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