Touch the Moon

Touch the Moon Jennifer is disappointed on her birthday when her father gives her a little china horse and the promise of riding lessons instead of the real horse she s been expecting

Jennifer is disappointed on her birthday when her father gives her a little china horse and the promise of riding lessons instead of the real horse she s been expecting.

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  1. Marion Dane Bauer is the author of than eighty books for young people, ranging from novelty and picture books through early readers, both fiction and nonfiction, books on writing, and middle grade and young adult novels She has won numerous awards, including several Minnesota Book Awards, a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for RAIN OF FIRE, an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for ON MY HONOR, a number of state children s choice awards and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work.She is also the editor of and a contributor to the ground breaking collection of gay and lesbian short stories, Am I Blue Coming Out from the Silence.Marion was one of the founding faculty and the first Faculty Chair for the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts Her writing guide, the American Library Association Notable WHAT S YOUR STORY A YOUNG PERSON S GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION, is used by writers of all ages Her books have been translated into than a dozen different languages.She has six grandchildren and lives in St Paul, Minnesota, with her partner and a cavalier King Charles spaniel, Dawn INTERVIEW WITH MARION DANE BAUER Q What brought you to a career as a writer A I seem to have been born with my head full of stories For almost as far back as I can remember, I used most of my unoccupied moments even in school when I was supposed to be doing other important things to make up stories in my head I sometimes got a notation on my report card that said, Marion dreams It was not a compliment But while the stories I wove occupied my mind in a very satisfying way, they were so complex that I never thought of trying to write them down I wouldn t have known where to begin So though I did all kinds of writing through my teen and early adult years letters, journals, essays, poetry I didn t begin to gather the craft I needed to write stories until I was in my early thirties That was also when my last excuse for not taking the time to sit down to do the writing I d so long wanted to do started first grade.Q And why write for young people A Because I get my creative energy in examining young lives, young issues Most people, when they enter adulthood, leave childhood behind, by which I mean that they forget most of what they know about themselves as children Of course, the ghosts of childhood still inhabit them, but they deal with them in other forms problems with parental authority turn into problems with bosses, for instance and don t keep reaching back to the original source to try to fix it, to make everything come out differently than it did the first time Most children s writers, I suspect, are fixers We return, again and again, usually under the cover of made up characters, to work things through I don t know that our childhoods are necessarily painful than most Every childhood has pain it, because life has pain in it at every stage The difference is that we are compelled to keep returning to the source.Q You write for a wide range of ages Do you write from a different place in writing for preschoolers than for young adolescents A In a picture book or board book, I m always writing from the womb of the family, a place that while it might be intruded upon by fears, for instance is still, ultimately, safe and nurturing That s what my own early childhood was like, so it s easy for me to return to those feelings and to recreate them.When I write for older readers, I m writing from a very different experience My early adolescence, especially, was a time of deep alienation, mostly from my peers but in some ways from my family as well And so I write my older stories out of that pain, that longing for connection A story has to have a problem at its core No struggle, no

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  1. Title Touch the MoonAuthor Marion Dane Bauer GenreFantasy FictionThemes Magic, HorsesOpening Line Sentence Jennifer sat on her perch high in the spruce tree and stared at the tiny china horse Brief Book Summary Jennifer is upset on her birthday when her father only gives her a china horse and promises to get her riding lessons instead of the real horse she has been hoping for She wishes so hard for a horse that her wish actually comes true But when she takes the horse out for a ride she realizes [...]

  2. This was one of my FAVORITE horsey books as a kid I loved horses, and I would have been overjoyed to have one of my own not having even the smallest clue how much work and expense is involved, of course Most days my imaginary horse friends raced everywhere with me outside vehicle windows A book about a girl who receives a horse figurine that turns into a real horse And it talks And they go on an adventure SIGN ME UP FOR THIS.The magically full sized horse comes with a full sized attitude and ful [...]

  3. One of The most magical horse stories I read as a child I can read it over and over It is funny, beautiful and moving The girl and her dream horse are both amusingly stubborn, proud, and confused The girl learns about herself and does some growing up through their adventures It is just a sweet story A gem of a book for kids.

  4. I d hardly call this a favorite as I remember nothing about this one This is what happens when you read too many kids books in a row Unless they re spectacular they kind of blur together.

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