Perfect Picture Book Friday – Sweet Moon Baby

PHEW! What a week! I totally blew past my blog schedule limit (sorry mom and dad)! Instead of posting just 3 days this week, I ended up posting on almost all of the days! This was the first week off of school and I had some posts to catch up on (but I did)! I will have to tweak my schedule a little bit because PPBF is going on a Summer Hiatus. So sadly, this will be the last PPBF post until September 7th. I will resume my Monday, Wednesday (only Thursday if someone sends something in) and Friday post schedule on Saturday (wait, I still need to post the review I bumped this past Monday for my black belt news) Sunday (Nope. Father’s Day. Gotta say happy father’s day) MONDAY (and I mean it! 😉 ).

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a cute story about being adopted (a subject very important to me) and being loved (another subject important to me 😉 ).

Sweet Moon Baby

By Karen Henry Clark

Illustrated by Patrice Barton

32 pages – ages 5 and up

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on November 9, 2010

Theme/Topic – Adoption

Opening and Synopsis – 

“On a summer night in China, a baby girl was born. She was perfect.”

A little girl was born on a summer’s night in China. Her parents were poor and they wanted her to have so many things that they couldn’t give her. The little girl’s parents made the decision to set their little girl sailing in a basket and they trusted that “only good things will happen” to her. The little girl goes on a long but peaceful journey. On the other side of the world a husband and wife wait for a daughter and the little girl finds her way to them.

Why I liked this book –   I thought this book had a really cute story. It is more of a fairy tale about an adoption (not a re-telling of an adoption story) and I really like that. I think the story idea is really different (it being a fantasy tale about adoption). I think it would make a great bed time story for any kid! The author wrote the book for her daughter who she adopted from China. The illustrations in the book are excellent! I loved seeing the little girl floating in her basket!

 Pictures from Patrice Barton’s website (click HERE to get there)

Activities and Resources –

I thought it would be cool to make a map of the journey you took (for adoptive parents or kids) when you were adopted. I found world map coloring pages HERE and North America coloring maps HERE.I think it would be fun for kids to see how far, what route, and what stops there was during the adoption. I like hearing how my parents had to drive all night long Christmas Eve out to Ohio when I was born 😉 (For those of you who do not know, I am adopted 🙂 ) I think I am going to make a map!

You can learn more about adoption at the National Adoption Center (click HERE).

 Check out the book’s trailer!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE



Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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41 replies

  1. This looks so beautiful, Erik! – both the story and the illustrations. I love the idea of an adoption fairy tale, and the illustrations seem to capture that fairy tale mood so well. As you know, I was adopted too, so I am always interested in good stories about adoption. Thanks for adding this one to our list. I am definitely going to have to read it! 🙂

  2. This PPBF choice adds a special smile to my face. Setting their beautiful child free in a basket so that her path can lead to better things reminds me of the story of Moses. He, too, was adopted and cherished by the mother who took him in.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous.

    (Yay for summer break!)

  4. What a beautiful book and story. It also reminded me of the story of Moses. It has a very special and sweet story.
    Lucky you summer break, while I am cuddled up in front of my heater watching tv and the temperature outside is down to 1degC tonight. Winter is here. Yuk! I can’t wait until October when it starts to get warmer and the leaves and flower start to come out….. *wink* lol.
    Enjoy your summer break Erik!

  5. That is adorable Erik! Those illos are so beautiful. How lovely to find such a nice one on adoption.

  6. LOL! You’re just too industrious, Erik! You’re parents got a good deal when they got you. The picture book sounds enchanting, and I really liked the activities you suggested. Thanks.

  7. What a lovely story, Karen and Patrice, and so beautifully shared with us. It’s sure to be a classic for any family, but especially those (like mine) that know the special joy and love of adopting a child. My daughter, Ali Jo, is also adopted! Thanks so much for helping us celebrate our love in another way. Her map takes her from Oregon to D.C. to Washington!

    Erik, thank you for this wonderful selection. I think you and Ali are a lot alike, anyway. Can’t wait to tell her you are adopted, too! She’s very impressed already. Have a great summer break. We’ll miss you. Be safe and have fun!

    • I am glad you like this selection! That’s cool that you have an adopted daughter! 🙂 Just so you know, just Perfect Picture Book Friday is going on Hiatus, not me! I will still post 3-4 days a week, unless if I go on a vacation where there is no computer service. 😉

  8. What a beautiful way of telling an adoption story. We have a few friends who have adopted, so I’ll have to share this one. Enjoy your summer, Erik!

  9. I am really drawn in by the illustrations, what a beautiful choice! I love learning more about the people behind the blogs, so thanks so much for sharing something that is so important to you. Have a great summer break!

  10. What a lovely book! Thank you for introducing us to it, Erik. I love the idea of making a map. Have a great summer! (Although I know we’ll still be “talking” on our blogs.)

  11. I’ll need to check this one out, Erik…my kids were adopted, so, it’s near and dear to my heart, too!

  12. An adoption folktale — what an interesting concept Erik. The illustrations look beautiful. As you know both my children are adopted. My son traveled from Pondicherry, India to Calcutta, Singapore, Honolulu, San Fransciso, Denver to Dayton, OH. So he truly traveled half way around the world. My daughter’s adoption was in Ohio.

  13. Erik, I think your activity is one of the best I’ve seen! It would have special meaning for the child AND be educational. This looks like a beautiful book about adoption.

  14. I had heard of this book a while back but forget. Thanks for reviewing it, I am adding it to my TBR list now. Love the illustrations and the folktale style. Your parents drove all night on Xmas Eve, precious. Well I am glad they adopted you, so we could meet you (on-line at least). Have a great summer!

  15. What a joy to find a book so important and so beautiful! I like the map activity too. My kids made similar ones showing the history of our family’s migration. We moved to Colorado from Germany, but we included all the grandparents and great grandparents.

  16. Hmmm… I was sure I’d written a comment this morning. This sounds like an excellent book, Erik, and I love your idea for the adoption map. It will seem odd not to be doing Perfect Picture Books for a while, but I know we’ll keep track of each other on our blogs! Here’s to summer! 🙂

  17. love so many things about this: the idea of fantasy adoption story, the map activities, that sweet illustration with the panda bear…Glad you will be keeping your Mon, Wed Fri schedule; I use the same schedule as you, but confess, with my life in huge transition at the moment, I shall be taking a blogging break, though still commenting when I can.

  18. What a beautiful story idea and the illustrations are lovely. You have an excellent activity, too. Thank you!

  19. Another great book Erik. Thanks for sharing it. I watched the book trailer. Very nice illustrations too. I’ve been changing my posting schedule for the summer, however, it seems to be shrinking not growing. 🙂

  20. What an amazing book, Erik! I absolutely LOVE the illustrations. This is a very important book with a great message…and your resources are great! I love the idea of mapping out the journey of an adopted child. 🙂

  21. I enjoyed reading about your blog schedule (alongside your review of course). It’s pretty fortunate that there are three of us running GatheringBooks, which helps when it comes to writing advance posts. Coordination is also not a problem thanks to Facebook Group Pages which allows us to see right away how things are – it would be cool if FB has a calendar function too (or does it have that?).

    This picture book does sound very interesting and I loved reading about it. I just bought a box-load of picture books here in Vegas as I visited quite a number of thrift stores here that contain a LOT of treasures – will be posting about that this Sunday. Too bad I didn’t come across this title.

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