The Moon Over Star
The Moon Over Star
The Moon Over Star
The Moon Over Star
The Moon Over Star
The Moon Over Star
The Moon Over Star
The Moon Over Star

The Moon Over Star

  • By Dianna Hutts Aston
  • Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Ages: 6-8
  • Grades: 1-3
  • This picture book recalls man’s first walk on the moon, as witnessed by the narrator when she was a young girl on her grandparents’ farm. She and her cousins built their own spaceship from scrap wood and metal, and later ran inside to see the broadcast of Apollo 11’s lunar landing and to watch the astronauts step onto the moon. She tells her grandfather, “If they could go to the moon, / Maybe one day I could too!” Near the end of the story, Grandpa calls the girl “Mae,” a name referencing African American astronaut Mae Jemison.

    Aston’s free verse text combines dignity and immediacy in a spare telling of events. Pinkney’s evocative artwork, created with graphite, ink, and watercolor, depicts a black family captivated and perhaps subtly changed by the moon landing in 1969. This book is a quiet, satisfying tribute to the milestone in human history, and its power to inspire others.