The Moon Jumpers
Janice May Udry ~ Maurice Sendak ~ Harper & Row, 1959
A true classic in the best sense of the word, this book encapsulates a child's sense of wonder about shadows and the mysteries of night. Illustrated by the master himself with words by the author of the Caldecott Award-winning A Tree is Nice, it couldn't be more magical if it was sprinkled with fairy dust and make entirely of mermaid hair.
"We climb the tree just to be in a tree at night."
I don't recall ever having this one when I was little, but for me, its a true illustration of how I remember childhood, all mysterious and huge.
"We jump and jump, over and over, and higher and higher.
But nobody has ever touched the moon."
For my own son's childhood, this book is exactly what I strive for, letting him explore and wonder without feeling the threats of the world. Just running and laughing and playing with the trees and the moon and the dark.
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What Do You Say, Dear?
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Some Swell Pup
Let's Be Enemies
Chicken Soup with Rice
Lullabies and Night Songs
Outside Over There
I'll Be You and You Be Me
The Juniper Tree
Where the Wild Things Are
Seven Little Monsters
Open House For Butterflies
In the Night Kitchen
The Giant Story
A Tree is Nice
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