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[DiverseKidLit] A Mother-Daughter Bond Built On Stories in “Imani’s Moon”

"Imani's Moon" by JaNay Brown-Wood and Hazel Mitchell.

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Imani’s Moon

Written by JaNay Brown-Wood Illustrated by Hazel Mitchell
Published by Mackinac Island Press (2014)
ISBN: 1934133574 (ISBN13: 9781934133576). Book was borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

Imani is often teased and taunted by her friends because she is the smallest child in her village. As a faery-sized woman, I can relate very well.

While Imani is ridiculed and scorned by the other girls in her community – yes, girls can be mean and toxic that way – Imani is deeply loved by her mother who tells her stories every night; uplifting tales that made Imani imagine a life different from the one she has.

It is also to Imani’s credit that despite the mockery she often hears from the other girls, she has taken it upon herself to dream the biggest dream of all: she will touch the moon. Naturally, this gave the other girls even more reason to laugh at Imani’s dreams – yet, she refused to give up.

In the Author’s Note, Brown-Wood mentioned that this is inspired by the Maasai people’s cultural jumping dance known as adumu. Various African stories and mythologies have likewise been peripherally woven into the narrative, cleverly packaged under Imani’s mother’s storytelling.

This is a moving story of courage seeded in a mother’s love, and the little girl who knew with a certainty as old as time, that she will touch the skies.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[DiverseKidLit] A Mother-Daughter Bond Built On Stories in “Imani’s Moon”

  1. Thank you for the lovely review of Imani’s Moon! I especially love your emphasis on the mother-daughter bond–such a powerful bond!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: [DiverseKidLit] More Than Just A Scarf in “Mommy’s Khimar” – Gathering Books

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