Who Tells the Moon to Sleep? Eight-year-old Tess asks her mama this question and many others…
I am very proud of this picture book. It has been a year long project between me and my talented illustrator Bill Pilgrim. With my history degree and my librarian endorsement this picture book is close to my heart. I hope it becomes an educational resource for children. Slavery is a difficult issue, but it is an important one to discuss and understand.
Picture book for ages 8 and up.
Having learned from Mama that the world is filled with things that do what they please like the moon and the cat, eight-year-old Tess wonders why she and Mama are constantly told what to do. They are told when to play, when to eat, and even when to sleep. Mama gently explains that they are slaves and are told what to do because they are owned by the couple in the big house whose fields they work. But Tess realizes that a person can never truly be owned. The master cannot control her mind or her heart.
This is a tender story that tells of the heartbreak of slavery and one little girl’s powerful plea for freedom.