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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 4-In this lyrical offering, the harvest moon rises on a quiet neighborhood and bathes the silent streets in brilliant lunar light. It illuminates corn and wheat fields, inspires luna moths to perform ballet in the crisp air, and casts a silver shadow on the red and orange autumn trees. A young girl and her cat play hide-and-seek by its light, a pilot flies her plane in near-daytime brightness, and a night watchman wonders if he'll need his flashlight. As morning nears, the moon sets in daylight and the child and her cat bid it goodnight. Fletcher's poetic prose makes use of gentle tempo and internal rhyme. Imaginative metaphors add to the text; as the moon sets, it sprinkles "silver coins like a careless millionaire." Careful use of second-person narrative draws readers into the text. Kiesler's luminous oil paintings portray the luscious moon glow, and a refrained use of brush stroke captures the mystery of nighttime when the familiar world becomes exotic, dazzling, and alive with nocturnal life. Warm hues evoke homey, autumn scenes. Hello, Harvest Moon helps usher in the season and encourages readers to connect with people throughout the ages who have marveled at the glorious sight.
Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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K-Gr. 3. Impressionistic oil paintings evoke the feel of a crisp fall night in this ode to the harvest moon. Descriptive text introduces the huge, orange moon as it rises above the cornfields, and describes its effect on a little girl woken from sleep, a night watchman as he gets ready to go to work, and on nature itself. Moonflowers bloom, "though only night creatures will see them." Even though night is the focus here, the pace is anything but somnolent; readers will be awakened to a new world of activity that begins only when the moon rises. The overall effect is peaceful rather than frenetic, however; the dark beauty of the illustrations captures the magic of nighttime: a deep blue sky contrasting with the bright moon and stars; the little girl's cat pouncing on something invisible nearby; the harbor's dark water blending with the sky. Pair this with Julian Scheer's By the Light of the Captured Moon (2000) for before-bed reads that focus on nighttime instead of bedtime for a change. Diane Foote
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (September 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618164510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618164516
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Picture this: Sunday morning following Halloween. The living room is littered with boxes full of costumes that need to go back into the attic. Bags of candy adorn several tables. Wrappers adorn the floor. I get up early, before the others, to try to put the Halloween genie back into his bottle. One by one, the others rise and descend the stairs. I can see each foot and then the pj'd body appear on the stairs from where I'm sitting. Piled next to me are some books that arrived from amazon.com on Friday, unnoticed due to the holiday festivities.
Sarah, 6, has on only her pj bottoms (silky ones that she rubs when she sucks her thumb) and her hair bears just the remembrance of ponytails and bows. She climbs up into my lap and curls into her comfy spot like an old cat. As she sucks her thumb with one hand, she uses the other to pick through the books on the side table. She finds Hello, Harvest Moon and unearths it from the pile, ignoring the clatter of the other books falling to the floor.
"This one looks like a Halloween book. Hello.. har.. vessst.. moon, hello, harvest moon. Mom, will you read this one to me?"
I start to read.
Billy, 10, who had been reading another of the purchases on a loveseat across the room, looks up and then down and then up again, shutting his book. Sami, 17, who is puttering around in the kitchen making herself some breakfast, glides into the room and stands near my chair. As I read, the sounds of morning are silenced. When I finish, Billy gets up and continues with whatever he was doing and Sami heads back to the kitchen. I ask Sarah, "Well, what did you think? Did you like it?"
"Yes," she states emphatically, slimy thumb by her side. "I think it is a book of poetry. Seems like non-fiction, too.
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By A Customer on November 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book, like the Harvest Moon it celebrates, "...floods us with dreams and memories..." [page 29] through its magical complement of word and brushwork. The hauntingly lovely illustrations, which will captivate the eyes of the young and old, conduct us through a nature flight with a very special and unobtrusive guide whose words perfectly reflect the reverence and mystery of the visual experience.
A niggling complaint about the "facts" of the book ("The illustration look like New England ...and sea turtles nest at the furthest north in Virginia") suggests the reviewer has read the book and missed the experience. It is not a nature guide, but an exploration of nature's beautiful changes, and our emotional responsiveness, both in and out of nature. Einstein, for whom facts held some sway, nonetheless thought "Imagination...is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." I think one of my fellow reviewers has missed the magic of 'Hello, Harvest Moon' for the trees. The book is a marvelous accomplishment.
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Just a heads up to other parents/readers that are thinking this is just about nature and the changing of the seasons. While I am fully aware that there are religious groups that pray/prayed to the moon, I felt like the page about our distant ancestors focused on something more religious based, and I personally thought it was an unnecessary addition to what could have been a really great book. The book felt like it was for everyone until we got to that page, then it shifted to be about someone more specific. I was just bummed to see the book end that way. Other than that nod to religious history and practices, it's a great book!
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I am the program coordinator in a retirement home. We hosted a day with a local pre-school in October to celebrate Halloween. The school requested that we do something with a Harvest theme. This book was perfect. One of our wonderful "grandmothers" read this book to 35 eager little people. They loved it! Thank you Amazon for a good recommendation.
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