The Moonlight Meeting (Level 2)
Hardcover | 64 pages | 6 x 9 inches | 9781944020156 | September 26, 2017
“The Nocturnals does not disappoint.” —Booklist
“An entertaining story of friendship and sharing." ” —Story Monsters
In this Nocturnals Level 2 Early Reader, The Moonlight Meeting, Tobin finds a tasty pomelo that Bismark thinks he stole from his pomelo tree. Dawn meets both animals as they are discussing who should get the pomelo. She convinces Bismark and Tobin to share the pomelo, and a friendship is formed.
FUN-FILLED BEGINNING READERS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING!
Download the series's complimentary printable activities at NocturnalsWorld.com: Sight Word Games, Makerspace Crafts, Bingo, Common Core Language Arts Educator Guide, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Activities, and More!
Includes Bonus Nocturnals Fun Facts and Animal Glossary (Ages 5-7)
Life Skill Themes include Friendship and Sharing.
Read All Eight of the Nocturnals Grow & Read Adventures, like The Slithery Shakedown, which introduces Beginning Readers to Life Skill Themes such as Bravery, Bullying Prevention, and Teamwork.
They all feature Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, and Bismark, a pint-sized sugar glider.
Illustrator: Waymond Singleton
Color illustrations throughout
Fountas & Pinnell: Guided Reading Level: L
Lexile Ranking: 480L • Grade Level Equivalent: 1-2
Interest Level by Grade: Pre-K to 3rd
What People Are Saying
“This banter-filled early reader describes the initial meeting between shy Tobin the pangolin, brash Bismark the sugar glider, and kindhearted Dawn the fox…the pared-down narration and dialogue quickly establish their personalities, as does Singleton’s cartoon artwork, which shows the characters striking expressive poses midconflict….Hecht and Dowling successfully set the stage for more adventurous outings down the road...”
“It is an entertaining story of friendship and sharing, and educates us about those who are different from us. Tobin, a sweet pangolin; Bismark, a loud-mouthed sugar glider; and Dawn, a serious fox, introduce their nighttime world to early readers. Children will love to learn about new creatures and their habits. This level 2 reader is aimed for grades 1-2, and encourages reading aloud with longer sentences, problem-solving skills, and a growing vocabulary. I’m eager to experience more readers in all three levels of this great program!”
“The theme of friendship was recurring in this story, so we talked a lot about friends at school, what it means to have a close group of friends, and to always be willing to lend a helping hand...We also broached the subjects of fairness, social justice, kindness, and bullying. Amazing what kids pick up on at this age, just by reading a story.”
—Mommy’s Block Party
“In this fun book, children will follow the adventures of several creatures ...It's whimsical and funny, and kids will laugh at the animals' bickering — while also learning important lessons about friendship, teamwork and problem-solving.”
“Physical characteristics, personality quirks, and the beginnings of their mutual trust and friendship are aptly portrayed through both words and pictures. A few “Nocturnals Fun Facts” at the end should help with any factual queries. Whether listening, reading along, or launching individual attempts, satisfied readers will be ready and waiting for the next installment.”
“The Moonlight Meeting is cute and the whimsical illustrations by Waymond Singleton should help budding readers follow along and be encouraged to learn new words as they turn pages. Fun facts at the end should satisfy the interest of kids who are drawn to nonfiction. I highly recommend The Moonlight Meeting for readers aged 6 to 8 and their parents.”
—Mother Daughter Book Club
“Told simply using a beginning reader format, sentences are short and structured and action is limited. Liberal use of artwork by Waymond Singleton supplants description and allows Hecht and Dowling to move the story ahead using dialog. Artwork is dark and at times muddy looking reminding the reader that the story is set at night. Singleton's efforts at linking the "look" for the three friends with the artwork in the fictional series is good. The first in the Grow & Read Series, this one is a strong blend of reading sight words and decoding using phonics -- very useful as a beginning reader.”
—Stephanie Bange, Educational Resource Center Director, Wright State University