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The Moon is a Silver Pond
By (author): Sara Cassidy Illustrated by: Josée Bisaillon
9781459818644 Board book, Paper over boards English Juvenile: Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams Sep 10, 2019
$10.95 CAD
Active 7 x 7 x 0.5 in | 280 gr 24 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C106973 Orca Book Publishers
What does the moon look like to you?

A young child skates, bakes and milks the cow while the moon wondrously transforms above. The moon is a silver pond when seen through the trees. When they tend the cow, the moon is the milk at the bottom of the pail.

With stunning illustrations by Josée Bisaillon, this simple board book shows children that the way they see the world—by heart, mind and imagination—is just right. Reveling in metaphor, The Moon Is a Silver Pond encourages that magical leap of imagination and asks the reader to look at everyday objects from a different perspective.

Watch for the follow-up, The Sun Is a Peach, in spring 2020.

Sara Cassidy has worked as a youth-hostel manager, a newspaper reporter and a tree planter, in five Canadian provinces. Her books have been short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, and two were Junior Library Guild selections. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction for adults have been widely published. For more information, visit

Josée Bisaillon has illustrated more than twenty-five children’s books, created numerous editorial illustrations for magazines and newspapers. She has been short-listed twice for the Governor General's Literary Award, and she won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for The Snow Knows. She lives outside Montreal with her family.

Key Selling Points
A young child learns about metaphor, comparing their observation of a full moon to other everyday objects they encounter on their way to bed.
Stunning illustrations use size, shape and texture to teach metaphor.
Her middle grade novel A Boy Named Queen was a finalist for the Rocky Mountain Book award, the Silver Birch Express award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book award and the Diamond Willow award.
Josée Bisaillon won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for her picture book The Snow Knows.

Marketing and Promo Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
Blog and social media promotion
Spotlight for World Poetry Day on March 21
Continued promo campaign with companion book The Sun is a Peach coming Spring 2020
Outreach in Orca newsletter

★ “A volume sure to jump-start readers’ imaginations and create moon-y, luminous dreams.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Simple and elegant...Highly recommended for all board book collections.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Exquisitely illustrated...Both calming and stunning...Board books don’t often get this level of artistic care. Highly recommended for board book collections.” - School Library Journal

“Beautiful...The poetic language and cool colours are calming…A classic bedtime read.” - Resource Links

“Bisaillon's illustrations are truly stunning...A largely successful effort to convey metaphors to young readers.” - Kirkus Reviews

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