Regards to the Man in the Moon

Written By: Ezra Jack Keats

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations and Text:

This story has magnificent illustrations that bring Louie’s world to life so enjoy looking at the cover and illustrations before you start your read-through. Let your child explore the different images and ask him/her questions about what they predict will happen by asking:

What do you see on the cover?

Who do you think the two children are?

What do you think is going to happen in this story?

How do you think the children got into outer space?

{Flip to a specific illustration} What do you see/like about this picture?


Activate Prior Knowledge:

Louie and Susie take an imaginary trip into outer space so ask your child about space by asking, “What kinds of things are in outer space? What do you think Louie and Susie will see when they go up into space?” Review the different planets and see if your child can name a couple of constellations or stars like the Big Dipper or the North Star.

As You Read

Vocabulary Building:

Encourage your child to stop when they come across a new word in a story. Let them try to figure out its meaning using the illustrations and words surrounding it. Examples of new words in Regards to the Man in the Moon are listed below.




Make Connections:

Allow your child to make connections between the story and their life experiences by asking, “Does this part of the story remind you of something in your life or something from another book?” For example, when Louie begins constructing his rocket ship and children begin to tease him, ask your child, “Can you think of a time when you wanted to do something but other people teased you about it? What did you do? What do you think Louie will do?”

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret:

To gauge your child’s understanding of the story, ask the following questions:

What was your favorite part of the story? Why?

What is your favorite picture?

Why did Louie feel bad in the beginning of the story? How did his dad make him feel better?

How did Louie and Susie get into outer space?

Why did their friends get stuck in space?

What happened at the end of the story?

Does this book remind you of another story?

Louie and Susie demonstrate that imagination is a powerful tool that can transport you anywhere and allow you to do anything! Ask your child about when they use their imagination by asking, “When was the last time you used your imagination? What things did you use from around the house to help your imagination?” Encourage your child to use their imagination to create new places for them to explore. Maybe next time they can imagine going on a trip into the jungle or playing at the beach!      

Activities: Tissue Box Rocket Ship


Supplies: 8 square tissue boxes, a 2-liter plastic bottle, glue or tape, paint, markers, construction paper (optional: craft foam), and passengers!

You can build your very own rocket ship and have your child use their imagination to send their favorite stuffed animals into outer space!

Step One: Tape the Tissue Boxes Together

Tape three tissue boxes together in a flat, triangular formation to create the base of the rocket ship. Then, stack the rest of the boxes one on top of the other, as high as you wish and use tape to secure them.  

Step Two: Create the Nose of the Rocket

Take a 2-liter soda bottle and cut of the bottom three quarters of the bottle. Tape the top part onto the top of the tissue box.

Step Three: Decorate Your Rocket

You can paint your rocket ship any color you want! Once the paint has dried, cut out letters (i.e. “USA”) from construction paper or craft foam and glue them to your rocket.

Once your rocket ship is complete, your child can chose up to eight stuffed animals to take an imaginary trip into space! [Source: PBS parents]