The Moon Is a Silver Pond by Sara Cassidy, Josée Bisaillon

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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.

"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

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

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

"A simple board book that introduces little ones to the concept of metaphor."--

"Simultaneously published in Canada and the United States"--Copyright page.

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

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

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.
 0.5" H x 7.1" L x 7.1" W
24 pages
board book