The featured poem of the collection, “Why the Moon Tumbled Out of the Sky” is a nostalgic and whimsical poem about a night when the moon can’t sleep because someone on earth in snoring just a little too loudly.
Discussion with this poem could focus on children’s interpretations of the basic events of in the narrative of the poem. Did the moon come down from the sky? Was it just a dream for the narrator? What role does the cat play in discerning the “truth” in the narrative?
Teachers and parents can also ask children to talk about snoring and if they’ve heard parents and grandparents snoring. Since most children think snoring is funny, this can be a great way to get children to tell funny stories about their experiences.
- Have children draw a different scene from the poem than the one in the book. Explain that a child created the illustration from the book and that it would be great to see different interpretations from the poem.
- Either in small groups or as individuals, have children write a short story or a short poem that tells the story in “Why the Moon Tumbled Out of the Sky” from the cat’s perspective.
- After conducting a short class or group study on the moon, have children use paints or water colors to create a poster of the moon. Allow children to be creative and create an accurate moon or one that is just fine, like the one seen in the illustration in the text.
This poem could be a great starter for a deeper study of the moon. As a class, research the moon, where it came from, and why it’s so important to our planet.