WHEN THE SUN MET THE MOON
BY SIMRAN MOHINANI
Illustrated by Leo Hartas
Genre: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: March, 2021
Format available: hardcover
Content Rating: G for everyone
In this enchanting tale of the origins of the sun and the moon, the sun flies across the universe on an adventure to look for someone whose light matches his own. When the Sun Met the Moon is a story filled with so much love, excitement, and equality that you won't want to put it down, and it's a story that can be told for years to come.
After centuries of brightening up the sky by himself, poor Sun is exhausted, lonely, and in need of some help. So, he decides to search the galaxies for someone whose light is as strong and powerful as his to help him shine down on the people of Earth. When Sun decides to take a holiday to go on this adventure, Earth is left with its first-ever nighttime where the sky goes dark and cold, leaving people afraid to come out of their homes. Will Sun be able to find somebody whose light is equal to his? Find out in this gorgeous love story how Sun met his perfect Moon.
HALL WAYS BLOG: BOOK REVIEW: When I saw the cover of When the Sun Met the Moon, I knew that I had to hold it in my hands. The book's title, along with the color scheme and beautiful front and back cover scenes, begs for the book to be explored. Even the book's text-free initial and end pages are lovely, and with Leo Hartas's captivating, full-page illustrations throughout the story, young readers are sure to find themselves fully engaged.
Author Simran Mohinani has imagined a cute story of a sun that's always on duty and the earth is lit up 24/7. Sun is tired and goes looking for someone to share the work load. What he finds is Moon, and the two fall in love and get married, and they split duties so that the sun can get a break. Everyone rejoices! (As an adult reading this story, this seems tragic because they find love but can't ever really be together with the split shift. Couldn't the stars all cluster together a few times a week so Sun and Moon can share some quality time?! I need a sequel.)
Visually, the book is stunning. The hardcover copy is high quality and the pages are thick, so they will hold up well with young, grabby fingers. Those fingers will want to touch the pages and trace the rays of sunshine, the moonbeams, and the gorgeous palette of colors used in the sunset and starry skies. The faces of the sun and the moon are softly drawn, sweet, and expressive. There is nothing intimidating or scary, even when there's darkness.
The story is told four lines at a time using a variety of rhyming devices, rhyme schemes, and cadences. As a read-aloud, this makes it sound a little clunky and cumbersome since there's not a consistent rhythm. Additionally, the author's capitalization choices and decision to not use punctuation could be problematic for young ones still learning language rules. However, these aspects could easily be parlayed into lessons for young and even older students.
My mind is whirring with ways I could use When the Sun Met the Moon in the library and work in tandem with teachers for cross-curriculum instruction. (Obviously in language arts --poetic devices, SPAG, figurative language -- but in science, too. Kids could be tasked with finding out what 24/7 sunshine or extended blackout would do to the earth.) With a book that is such a feast for the eyes, the kids wouldn't mind a lesson or maybe even realize they were getting one!
Of course, When the Sun Met the Moon can be savored with no ulterior teaching motives involved. The story can be read lightly or with deeper meaning behind it. I recommend it as a read-along or read-aloud for adults and children to enjoy together -- because a book shared is twice as nice.
Meet the Author:
Simran Mohinani, otherwise known as Simi Moh, was born on September 8th, 1998. She is a graduate of Northeastern University, studying entrepreneurship with a minor in global fashion. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and now lives between there, London, and Boston. She first worked for the United Nations with their environmental conservation team before also collaborating with Amazon, Marriott, and Snupps. She published her first trilogy of books, comprised of poetry and short stories, which is very successful. She now owns and runs three of her own businesses in the fields of consulting, denim supply, and commercial goods. She also has her own charity: The SiMission. After college, she also worked full-time at her family business, which deals with properties in Europe. On the side, she still loves to write, which came to fruition with When the Sun Met the Moon, for your enjoyment and pleasure.
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