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Enchanting verses and beautiful watercolor paintings transport young readers to a magical world of moonbeams and starshine, in a bedtime book of poetry.
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The ever fluent (and prolific) Yolen offers 19 poems, written over ten years, on a single, well-worn topic--proving that there's always more to say about this near neighbor, potent image, and spur to the imagination. For would-be poets, the variety here is instructive: rueful humor (the moon as a source of ``unwanted stuff,'' including ``Mrs. Ashkenazi/who taught me second grade,/and any book to be found/in the dentist's waiting room''); references to various cultures (a ``Brazilian Moon Tale'' describes the animals nibbling the moon, night by night); lyrical descriptions; intriguing images (``The moon is a sickle/For pruning the stars,/For thinning out Venus/And weeding out Mars...''). Councell's illustrations feature softly rounded figures against dreamy landscapes or a starry sky, rendered in a gentle, grayed palette that centers on violet as it ranges from green to rose. An appealingly cozy offering, just right for bedtime sharing. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-9) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 3-In this collection of original poems (only two have appeared previously in children's magazines), Yolen celebrates the brightest object in the night sky. Written in a variety of poetic styles, including haiku, the selections evoke moods that range from fanciful, to humorous, to serious. Fantasies and realities of nighttime are perfectly captured in the rich, double-page illustrations. Many of the bright watercolor scenes are set against deep blue and purple backgrounds. They are highlighted with touches of starlight, moonbeams, and shadows, painted in varying shades of white. The moon is often given human facial features. These beautifully rendered illustrations enhance the enjoyable, readable selections. Older, more sophisticated readers should try Ted Hughes's Moon-Whales and Other Moon Poems (Viking, 1976; o.p.).
April L. Judge, formerly at Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA
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Book Description Philomel Books, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0399225013
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