Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Chance to Win Imani’s Moon!
Click on this image to watch the book trailer.
Imani's Moon is a picture book written by JaNayBrown-Wood and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell. It has received the Principal’s Award for Children’s Book of the Year from the National Association of Elementary School Principals!
Imani is the smallest member of an African tribe, but she’s got the biggest of dreams. She wants to touch the moon. During her attempts to reach her goal, she encounters obstacles from taunts and teases to falling out of trees. But in the end, this littlest of girls, has an abundance of determination.

I fell in love with Imani from the first moment I saw her smile and outstretched arms on the front cover. I kept returning to the first page to soak in the vivid color of Imani's clothes and the simplicity of an African landscape with its yellow soil and solitary tree. And there’s nothing I want more than to meet her loyal and adorable companion, her goat. On multiple pages, the love between mother and child is portrayed so naturally via body language and facial expressions. I was touched by their connection. Another favorite of mine is Olapa, the moon goddess, whose magical pages are filled with hues of blue and purple, and paired with a glowing white.

In turning the last page, I was filled with curiosity and awe to learn more about adumu (ah-deh-moo), the African Maasai tribe’s jumping dance. And I’ve been inspired to keep jumping for my moon.

A great book for family members of all sizes, though recommended for ages 6 - 9.

How can you win this beautiful book?
Just leave a comment below about a dream, your moon, for which you are jumping.
Winner will be selected by pulling a participant’s name from a hat,
and announced November 25, 2014.
Check back to see who won!

Just picked a name out of my hat. And the winner is. . .  
Catherine!  Whose comment was:
My dream is to have my own picture books published one day. Thank you for a great giveaway :)

Congratulations, Catherine!!!
And best of luck on achieving your dream!

A big thank you to all who participated in this giveaway!
Don't stop reaching for your moon!



Hazel & Toby
Hazel Mitchell is originally from England and now lives and works in Maine. When she wasn't riding horses as a youngster she was drawing them. After attending art college in the UK, she spent several years in the Royal Navy and then worked as a graphic designer. Now she's doing what she always dreamed of - creating books for children. Her latest titles include 'Imani's Moon', 'One Word Pearl' and '1,2,3 by the Sea'. Her first book as both author and illustrator 'TOBY' will be published in 2016 by Candlewick Press. Her work has been recognized by Bank Street's Best of Children's Books, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Foreword Reviews and Learning Magazine. She is represented by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown, NYC. 

Other Hazel Mitchell visits to Curtin Corner:
Just One! Contest and Monkey Tales

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Charles Gramlich said...

If the moon is a dream, then I suppose my moon is to see a lot more people read my writing, to touch those people somehow.

jeanne curtin said...

A beautiful dream, Charles!
And thanks for commenting!!

Jeri Baird said...

I write for middle grade. My dream is to be published! I follow Hazel on FB and have been admiring her illustrations in this book. Would love to win it and share with my nieces!

Catherine said...

My dream is to have my own picture books published one day. Thank you for a great giveaway :)

Heather J Smith said...

I would love a copy of this book to share with great grandchildren and great nieces and nephew. I have been unable to locate a copy here in Victoria, British Columbia. I love Hazel G. Mitchell's illustrations!

Teri Lee said...

My moon is to see my children each reach their own moons!

christine said...

I have my moon! My amazing husband and two beautiful little girls! (Maybe some more babies!)

Brenda M said...

My dream is "just" to be happy.

Anonymous said...

My great -niece, Phoenix, lives in Las Vegas. I miss her so and remind my niece to tell her we are seeing the same moon. Same sky, same stars, same moon, and same love.

Shari Greenspan said...

My dream would be to win this book to share with a small person I know in Ethiopia.

Angel Gilreath said...

Happiness and inner peace...that's my moon