Imani's Moon

1 CD w tr book. 16 min. Live Oak. 2015. $19.95. ISBN 9781430118992.
K-Gr 3—Even with the village children's taunts ringing in her ears, Imani is determined to believe in her personal dream: to touch the moon. After many tries, Imani is inspired by her tribe's traditional jumping dance, the adumu. Brown-Wood here gives listeners a beautiful tribute to the power of a child's vision, interwoven with folklore and tradition. Imani's resolute persistence and her mother's unwavering faith in her child is a story of spirit and confidence that significantly culminates in Imani, herself, becoming the storyteller. Maame Yaa Boafo's brilliant narration is sparkling with life. Hazel Mitchell's watercolor illustrations expertly mirror the gentle souls of Imani and her mother. The author's note provides context for the story as well as Brown-Wood's motivation.
VERDICT This story affirms the power of perseverance and should be shared with all young students.

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