The Little Moon Princess
written and illustrated by YJ Lee
(HarperCollins Children's Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
Before there are stars in the sky, there is a little girl standing in a field of flowers with a jewel in the middle of each flower. A sparrow is drawn to the light of this moon. He is greeted by the little girl who explains that while she is happy to live on this moon, she is afraid of the dark that lies beyond her moon. The sparrow encourages her to spread her jewels in the sky. The moon princess sends her jewels into the darkest corners of the sky and learns a lesson about giving up something precious to gain something even greater.
The Little Moon Princess is a beautifully illustrated book centered around a clever idea that serves as a pourquoi tale. This book would be a great companion to other books that feature characters that conquer their fear of the dark such as Willoughby and the Moon and Night Lights. Both of my daughters raved about The Little Moon Princess so I think YJ Lee has created an impressive debut book. I could see this book being read over and over again at bedtime.
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