Review: Sing to the Moon

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Book Title: Sing to the Moon (available here)

Author: Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

Illustrator: Sandra Van Doorn

Publisher: Lantana Publishing

Publication Date: October 2018

Reviewed By: Leanne Woolcock - Year 6 Teacher and English Coordinator

Sing to the Moon is a beautiful, tender story about a young boy who spends his time dreaming of riding supernovas and sailing across the ocean – it is after all rainy season in Uganda.

Together with his Jjajja (the Luganda word for ‘Grandmother’ or ‘Grandfather’), they look to fill the long hours with the greatest gift of all: storytelling. While completing their chores, Jjajja tells of past adventures, friendships and memories. At night, the tower of books is revealed and as the candle burns bright, the fables passed down are recalled until it is time to fall asleep and dream again.

Written in rhyme with distinctive illustrations, this book tells a simplistic tale of dreams, memoirs and family.

A warm, gentle tale to be enjoyed as part of a ‘stories from another cultures’ unit or simply to give you that warm fuzzy feeling at the end of the day.


You can order Sing to the Moon online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Leanne Woolcock for reviewing it.


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