Jennifer is disappointed on her birthday when her father gives her a little china horse and the promise of riding lessons instead of the real horse she's been expecting....
|Title||:||Touch the Moon|
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Touch the Moon Reviews
Title: Touch the MoonAuthor:Marion Dane Bauer GenreFantasy FictionThemes: Magic, HorsesOpening 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 ReviewGr 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.
This was one of my FAVORITE horsey books as a kid. I loved horses, and I would have been overjoyed to have one of my own (not having even the smallest clue how much work and expense is involved, of course). Most days my imaginary horse friends raced everywhere with me outside vehicle windows. A book about a girl who receives a horse figurine that turns into a real horse? And it talks? And they go on an adventure? SIGN ME UP FOR THIS.The magically full-sized horse comes with a full-sized attitude and full-sized fears that Jennifer must learn to deal with. She also learns that just because you've read all kinds of books about horses doesn't mean you know the first thing about riding one! (Raise your hand if that was you, because that was totally me.) Jennifer's adventure lasts only one evening but the excitement and wonder of it lasted forever in my imagination.
One of The most magical horse stories I read as a child. I can read it over and over. It is funny, beautiful and moving. The girl and her dream horse are both amusingly stubborn, proud, and confused. The girl learns about herself and does some growing up through their adventures. It is just a sweet story. A gem of a book for kids.
This book was good. I love horses. In fact it is about a magical horse who thinks its real
I'd hardly call this a favorite as I remember nothing about this one. This is what happens when you read too many kids' books in a row. Unless they're spectacular they kind of blur together.