The Moon
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

While Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) may be best known for his adventure novels, such as “Treasure Island” and Kidnapped,” he also wrote delightful poetry for young children This is one of his poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verses.” Students will read the poem and respond to questions on the language and the meaning.

Topic(s): Folklore, Myths & Legends. Skill(s): Theme, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme. Genre(s): Poetry

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The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbor quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse,
The howling dog by the door of the house,
The bat that lies in bed at noon,
All love to be out by the light of the moon.

But all of the things that belong to the day
Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;
And flowers and children close their eyes
Till up in the morning the sun shall arise.

Comprehension Questions

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