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Half a Moon and One Whole Star

Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney



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About The Book

A soothing, evocative poem about night falling over a young girl’​s home and neighborhood is brought to life by the lush artwork of Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney in this bedtime treasure.

Up above the earth so far
Hang half a moon and one whole star
Hang one whole star and half a moon;
Nighttime will be coming soon.

And while a young girl sleeps, nighttime deepens in vivid harmony all around her—in the woods and garden, on the ocean, in the city, and on the porch, where her parents sit.

About The Author

Crescent Dragonwagon’s books for children include Half a Moon and One Whole Star and Home Place. She’s also the author of several novels, a book of poetry, and cookbooks, such as Passionate Vegetarian. With her late husband Ned Shank, she is the cofounder of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where she lives. You can also visit her at, where the weather is whatever you'd like it to be.

About The Illustrator

Jerry Pinkney (1939–2021) illustrated 100 children’s books, and his work earned the 2010 Caldecott Medal, five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, five Coretta Scott King Honors, five New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, and, in 2006, the Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators. Jerry Pinkney’s many acclaimed titles included John HenryMintySam and the TigersThe Ugly Duckling, and Mirandy and Brother Wind. Find out more at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (September 30, 1990)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689714153
  • Grades: K - 3
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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Awards and Honors

  • Reading Rainbow Book
  • Coretta Scott King Award (ALA)
  • Parents' Choice Award

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