Today marks the first official day of summer and boy do we have the weather to match. Yesterday night, a perfect summer evening, I enjoyed some refreshing gelato (Earl Grey flavoring in case you were wondering) as I soaked in the last rays of the pink sunset. Yes, I thought, summer has indeed arrived. So, with that in mind, this week’s book of the week is The Moon Jumpers by Janice May Udry and illustrated by the great Maurice Sendak.
The story calls to mind such summer fun as playing games like tag late into the evening, dancing barefooted on the cool grass, watching (and maybe catching) fireflies, until that moment when Mother appears in the door and calls us to bed. The children, or, as they call themselves– the Moon Jumpers, in this story sure know how to squeeze every last drop out of a perfect summer night. The illustrations are fantastic and it’s no wonder that this work was a Caldecott Honor Book.
Truly this story evokes everything that is wonderful about summer, particularly a summer night. So, today, as you enjoy the longest day of the year, save some energy to play long into the summer night as only a Moon Jumper could.
“Summer night is the cool dark grass
And big tired trees
With the moon sailing
On a wind.”