by Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by Mark Siegel
This beautifully illustrated children's book explores the beauty of the night revealed by the twelve different and unique full moons.
"Long ago Native Americans gave names to the full moons they watched throughout the year." Taking off from this premise, Rylant's lyrical prose moves month by month, the words placed against melting nighttime skies. In January, it's a Stormy Moon, "in mist, / in ice, / on a wild wolf's back." In May, a Flower Moon "blooms wide open, bright." By November, the Frosty Moon "holds a hard ground, / empty trees, / the wind in lonely places. It shivers with the shining stars / It thinks it might / just / sleep." The deceptively easy phrasings strike a chord; even when the words are joyful, there's still a poignant undertone. Siegel explains in a note that he spent many hours walking around at night to capture the "astonishing and complex face" nature reveals at night. And capture it he does, in shades of blue, green, purple, gray, and black, creating nights that shelter life and harbor the moon--in all its permutations. - American Library Association
About the author:
Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.