Under the Lemon Moon
By Edith Hope Fine
Illustrated by René King Moreno
One night, Rosalinda is awakened by a noise in the garden. When she and her pet hen, Blanca, investigate, they see a man leaving with a large sack-full of fruit from Rosalinda's beloved lemon tree.
After consulting with family and neighbors about how to save her sick tree, Rosalinda sets out in search of La Anciana, the Old One, the only person who might have a solution to Rosalinda's predicament. When she finally meets La Anciana, the old woman offers an inventive way for Rosalinda to help her tree–and the Night Man who was driven to steal her lemons.
Set in the Mexican countryside, Under the Lemon Moon shines with the light of generosity and forgiveness. The gentle story and glowing illustrations make this tale perfect for sharing with young readers who are discovering how it feels to receive and give gifts.
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About the Creators
is a full-time writer of children's books and stories. Fine's Under the Lemon Moon, published by Lee & Low Books, was a Parents' Choice Award Honor book. Fine lives in Encinitas, California. To find out more, visit Edith Hope Fine's Web site at edithfine.com. Edith, along with co-author Judith Pinkerton Josephson, have created a special site for the Lee & Low Books title Armando and the Blue Tarp School at bluetarpschool.com.
was born in North Carolina and received a degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the illustrator of Fiesta (Greenwillow Books) and lives in La Mesa, California, with her husband. Visit her online at renekingmoreno.com.
About This Title
Honor Book Award
Society of School Librarians International
Notable Children's Book
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
National Council for the Social Studies/ Children's Book Council
The 50 Best Children's Books
Interest Level:Grades 1 - 3
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Nature/Science, Sharing & Giving, Responsibility, Neighbors, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Forgiveness, Food, Farming, Families, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Empathy/Compassion, Gratitude, Integrity/Honesty , Realistic Fiction, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation
Part of These Collections
English Guided Reading Level L, English Fiction Grades PreK-2, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, Early Fluent Dual Language, Early Fluent English, Latin American English Collection Grades 3-6, Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Mexico Culture Collection, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades K-2, Texas Book Collection , Thanksgiving and Gratitude Collection, Community Collection, Realistic Fiction Collection Grades PreK-2, Building Classroom Community for Second Grade, Kindness and Compassion Collection, Dual Language Collection English and Spanish, Dual Language Levels J-M Collection, Pedro Noguera Diverse Collection Grades PreK-2