Your Moon, My Moon by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Brian Collier
In her signature poetic text, MacLachlan has created a picture book that celebrates the continued connection between family members who are apart. Here, a grandmother lives in a cold area of the world, while her grandchild lives far away in Africa. She watches the snow start to fall while he is in the hot sun. She wishes they were together to ice skate or together to swim in the lake where he lives. There are many things that connect them, from the dogs in both places to the sun, but especially the moon, which shines on them both.
MacLachlan weaves two very different places together into one story filled with a poignancy and longing but also a story of love and connection. For both settings, she pulls the best out of them, celebrating their differences and their similarities at the same time with great skill. She invites us into memories, special moments, and also into the day-to-day of lives.
Collier’s illustrations elevate this book further. Their watercolor and collage use the color of the light to great effect as it moves from African gold to the cool of a northern winter. People of all colors fill the pages, making it feel all the more inclusive and global. Collier also uses lines to great effect, sometimes swirling and creating color or intensity changes in the illustrations, otherwise showing currents, mountains or forest.
Beautifully written and illustrated, this book may be specifically about grandparents and grandchildren, but could also be used for any adult being away from a child they love. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.