When The Moon Is A Smile

Children - Picture Book
31 Pages
Reviewed on 09/15/2019
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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

When the Moon is a Smile by Teena Raffa-Mulligan is an enchanting and heartwarming children’s picture book about a little girl spending time with her father and the adventures they have along the way. The narration is seamless and the message of precious moments spent with one of the integral role models in a child’s life is carried throughout. There is a gentle tone that weaves through the pages that work as a bit of a signal, letting readers know that there is a seriousness, that the father cannot be there every day as he once was because of a breakup in the parental relationship. The illustrations by Amy Calautti are slightly pastel in color and have warmer tones that have a harmonious effect in the storyline.

Teena Raffa-Mulligan’s When the Moon is a Smile brought about several emotions for me at first. While reading it, my first impression was that the little girl’s father had died and she was dreaming about him. I was very relieved to be wrong about that initial thought. I haven’t come across many children’s books that do touch on the subject of parents who are not together as a single unit. There are many homes today that are not a nuclear family so this book really will help children going through adjusting to having to live without one parent part of the time. When the Moon is a Smile is a wonderful resource for any child and parent.