A beautifully illustrated novel in verse about a young Indian girl who tackles the taboos around sanitation in her village.
In Latika’s village in rural India, there are no toilets. No toilets mean that the women have to wait until night to do their business in a field. There are scorpions and snakes in the field, and germs that make people sick. For the girls in the village, no toilets mean leaving school when they reach puberty.
No one in the village wants to talk about this shameful problem. But Latika has had enough. When a government representative visits their village, she sees her chance to make one of her dreams come true: the construction of public toilets, which would be safer for everybody in her village.
Burying the Moon shines a light on how a lack of access to sanitation facilities affects girls and women in many parts of the world.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
This title will inspire matter-of-fact classroom conversations about a basic utility service that is likely taken for granted in most of North America.
The illustrations by Indian artist Sonali Zohra fit seamlessly with the text.
An essential read and a great way to discuss often-ignored questions of sanitation, menstruation, and equity with young readers.
[An] intense and moving novel.
Inspiring. The text is heavy with meaning and emotion but short on filler.
Andrée Poulin's verse and Sonali Zohra's colourful illustrations are paired perfectly in this book that brings awareness to a very important issue.
A book that will both captivate and raise consciousness in readers of all ages.
[E]nriches broader discussions of world issues. STARRED REVIEW
A well-balanced mix of poignant, humorous, interesting, and profound.