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The author of the book: Marion Dane Bauer
ISBN 13: 9780899195261
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The size of the: 4.97 MB
Edition: Clarion Books
Date of issue: October 19th 1987
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Title: Touch the Moon
Author:Marion Dane Bauer
Themes: Magic, Horses
Opening Line/Sentence: "Jennifer sat on her perch high in the spruce tree and stared at the tiny china horse."
Brief Book Summary: Jennifer is upset on her birthday when her father only gives her a china horse and promises to get her riding lessons instead of the real horse she has been hoping for. She wishes so hard for a horse that her wish actually comes true. But when she takes the horse out for a ride she realizes that dreams come at a cost.
Professional Review #1: Carol Erdahl (The Five Owls, January/February 1988 (Vol. 2, No. 3))
The pain of a shattered dream is the beginning of a warm and engaging fantasy. In the space of a few hours on Jennifer's eleventh birthday, we are taken on an unusual adventure. Using the traditional devices of fantasy--magic, talismans, significant naming and the centrality of quest--Bauer has created a light-hearted fantasy in which Jennifer "grows up." Jennifer is, on the one hand, confident and hopeful; on the other hand, she is petulant and self-centered. She responds to her disappointment of not receiving the horse she has been expecting by rejecting the gift given by her father--a treasured china horse from his childhood. From her secret place high in a spruce tree she knocks the china horse to the ground. A beautiful palomino stallion rises from the swirling mist. Her surprise and joy soon become exasperation as she finds that this horse talks, has a will of his own, and isn't really hers. This stallion is not Mr. Ed. He is obstinate, contrary, and in many ways the match for Jennifer. He is also vulnerable. Together they struggle to name him, only to discover he once had a name, Moon-seeker, which ties horse and girl together with another child, her father. Each puzzles about the magic they sense in their relationship. After many attempts Jennifer succeeds in mounting Moon-seeker to go for "a run" that becomes their adventure, their testing. It takes them through water and the dark of a cave, through danger and experience with fear. They learn trust, respect, and courage. In humorous and sensitive dialogue we see them struggle to understanding and to acceptance of each other and their dreams. The ending unites daughter and father--a daughter who has changed, some would say "grown up," and a father who shares the dream. Horse stories are not all alike, and this one is special.
Professional Review #2: School Library Journal Review
Gr 3-6 In Bauer's light fantasy, a horse-loving birthday girl sees her wish come true as a china horse comes to life and carries her on a magical adventure. Bauer has given the magnificent palomino stallion a distinct personality, in contrast to the Anygirl, Jennifer. Moonseeker may look like the perfect horse, but at first he scares Jennifer with his size and bossy attitude. Despite her trepidation, she copes admirably with Moonseeker's faults. Her exploits should captivate readersin this slim book, the pair gallop recklessly, attempt to jump a river, swim to safety, become trapped in a cave, and escape homeward. Moonseeker's transformation and the night's action are believable. The plot's sole problem is its directionthe only motivation for the adventure seems to be an hour's escape from reality. The writing is adequate, purposely creating an other-wordly feel with time and place. Berenzy's dark drawings glow with moonlight and sustain the tone of the book. Readers who enjoy Lynd Ward's wordless The Silver Pony (Houghton, 1973) can graduate to this similar child-horse fantasy. Charlene Strickland, Los Angeles County Public Library, Valencia, Calif. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Response to Professional Reviews: I agree with the first review of Jennifer's behavior. I do not think she is the best role model for young children. She acts like a brat when she does not get what she wants. But getting over that the magic aspect of the book is very interesting and can easily keep a readers attention.
Evaluation of Literary Elements: This book is definitely aimed for a more fourth or fifth grader. The chapters are longer than an beginner chapter book and the font is smaller. There could be the occasional vocabulary word that the student will not know so having context clues skills is essential. This is a good book for the advanced reader who enjoys magical stories.
Consideration of Instructional Application: I would have the students read this book and then write their own version of the story. I would have them write about what they really wanted but did not get for their birthday and then how they finally get that item, and the adventures they go on with their dream object. I think this would be a good way to practice writing in chronological order. I would then have the children take those writing pieces and create an entire presentation around it with pictures (either drawn or taken) to show to the rest of the class.
Read information about the authorMarion Dane Bauer is the author of more than eighty books for young people, ranging from novelty and picture books through early readers, both fiction and nonfiction, books on writing, and middle-grade and young-adult novels. She has won numerous awards, including several Minnesota Book Awards, a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for RAIN OF FIRE, an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for ON MY HONOR, a number of state children's choice awards and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work.
She is also the editor of and a contributor to the ground-breaking collection of gay and lesbian short stories, Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence.
Marion was one of the founding faculty and the first Faculty Chair for the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing guide, the American Library Association Notable WHAT'S YOUR STORY? A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION, is used by writers of all ages. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages.
She has six grandchildren and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her partner and a cavalier King Charles spaniel, Dawn.
INTERVIEW WITH MARION DANE BAUER
Q. What brought you to a career as a writer?
A. I seem to have been born with my head full of stories. For almost as far back as I can remember, I used most of my unoccupied moments--even in school when I was supposed to be doing other "more important" things--to make up stories in my head. I sometimes got a notation on my report card that said, "Marion dreams." It was not a compliment. But while the stories I wove occupied my mind in a very satisfying way, they were so complex that I never thought of trying to write them down. I wouldn't have known where to begin. So though I did all kinds of writing through my teen and early adult years--letters, journals, essays, poetry--I didn't begin to gather the craft I needed to write stories until I was in my early thirties. That was also when my last excuse for not taking the time to sit down to do the writing I'd so long wanted to do started first grade.
Q. And why write for young people?
A. Because I get my creative energy in examining young lives, young issues. Most people, when they enter adulthood, leave childhood behind, by which I mean that they forget most of what they know about themselves as children. Of course, the ghosts of childhood still inhabit them, but they deal with them in other forms--problems with parental authority turn into problems with bosses, for instance--and don't keep reaching back to the original source to try to fix it, to make everything come out differently than it did the first time. Most children's writers, I suspect, are fixers. We return, again and again, usually under the cover of made-up characters, to work things through. I don't know that our childhoods are necessarily more painful than most. Every childhood has pain it, because life has pain in it at every stage. The difference is that we are compelled to keep returning to the source.
Q. You write for a wide range of ages. Do you write from a different place in writing for preschoolers than for young adolescents?
A. In a picture book or board book, I'm always writing from the womb of the family, a place that--while it might be intruded upon by fears, for instance--is still, ultimately, safe and nurturing. That's what my own early childhood was like, so it's easy for me to return to those feelings and to recreate them.
When I write for older readers, I'm writing from a very different experience. My early adolescence, especially, was a time of deep alienation, mostly from my peers but in some ways from my family as well. And so I write my older stories out of that pain, that longing for connection. A story has to have a problem at its core. No struggle, no
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