The big news about Julianne Moore might be that she will play President Alma Coin in the last two installments of the Hunger Games saga, but Moore has some other news that has been somewhat overshadowed by her casting in the films. She is not just an award winning performer, it seems that there is more to Moore than meets the eye.
The 52 year-old award winning actress does not just enthrall cinema audiences, she writes children’s books as well. She has just published her fourth book and is the first outside her Freckleface Strawberry collection. Moore published her first children’s book , Freckleface Strawberry in 2007. It was illustrated by LeUyen Pham and it told the story of a young freckled girl who hates her freckles and wants them to go away. Eventually she learns to accept them as a part of her.
Moore went on to write two more books in the collection. Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully in 2009 and Freckleface Strawberry: Best of Friends in 2011. The 2007 book that started the collection has been made into a stage production titled Freckleface the Musical that Julianne had plenty of input on.
About writing, Moore says that loves books and literature and that both have played a huge role in her life. She feels that her ability to take part in the world of writing gives her life tremendous meaning.
The mother of two’s newest book, titled My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me is published by Chronicle Books and retails for $16.99 and is for children between the ages of five to eight years-old.
Julianne’s fourth book tells about the cultural variation in one family’s home. It tells the story of a young American girl who shows how different her immigrant mother is from other American mothers but also how she is the same. She explains, for instance, why her mom has an accent and where her favorite childhood songs come from. Moore has talents beneath the surface that indicate there is more to her skill-set than meets the eye.
That love of reading and writing is strong enough that Julianne continues to write and educate her youthful literary audience.
Ms Moore wrote her last book as a homage to her own Scottish mother who had emigrated to when she was only 10 years-old. The actress said that she always understood and “accepted” the her mother came from another country. Her “diverse” childhood made her realize that most American’s don’t talk about other cultures very often or think about the differences that children of immigrants face or the tension created by their cultural backgrounds.
The new Hunger Games actress writes about all the things that are different and perhaps confusing to people outside the diverse family unit. Like using “foreign” words to describe or talk to parents, like “Mutti” for mother or “Opa” for father. The illustrations are watercolors done by Meilo So and they work together with Moore’s writing to show the ethnic differences, similarities and showing young readers about cultures apart from their own.
There is one page in particular that shows five different ways to say “I love you, Mom” in non-English languages. Moore’s book shows that family units are pretty much the same regardless of what country the family members originate from.
The news that the talented and beautiful Julianne Moore has joined the cast as President Coin for the last two installments of the Hunger Games is exciting for fans. But Moore’s younger fans will be pretty excited by her latest book. Reviewer’s of her latest book have not been overly impressed by her latest effort. But despite the less than glowing reviews, there is more to the actress than meets the eye and we think her young fans will not be so harsh about the book.
By Michael Smith