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Long Night Moon Hardcover – December 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689854269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689854262
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–Books this good come along once in a blue moon. Rylant opens this radiant offering by explaining: "Long ago Native Americans gave names to the full moons they watched throughout the year. Each month had a moon. And each moon had a name.…" The two-page illustration shows a woman holding a baby and looking at the nighttime sky. Scenes of their house and the surrounding countryside accompany the 12 poems that follow, beginning with January and tracing the cycle of the year. To read the text is to be bathed in the magic of moonlight, magic extended by Siegel's luminous charcoal, pencil, and pastel landscapes. February's picture is stark and cold; a solitary stag, his breath a white cloud, stands by an icicle-shrouded bear den. The stag appears again in March as does the den without the icicles, and the painting glows with green tones: "a Sap Moon rises/over/melting ponds,/sleepy bears,/small green trees./It tells a promise/and a hope." The woman and the now-older child reappear at the end and again gaze at the orb from their garden gazebo: "And in December/the Long Night Moon waits/and waits/and waits/for morning./This/is the faithful moon./This one is your friend." Savor this thoughtful book, and pair it with Jane Yolen's Owl Moon (Philomel, 1987) for a lyrical bedtime read-aloud.–Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME
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Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. "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. Ilene Cooper
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More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

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Beautifully illustrated and written.
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I would definitely recommend reading this book, not only if you have children, but if you love beautiful stories and books.
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This book was a gift for my nephew's children.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By yofi on December 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
i read this book late at night in the winter time during the full moon, and was so taken with the artwork, i stayed awake to reread and reread it. the landscape really caught me, i could feel it and smell it, it felt like i was walking through this panorama. i loved looking at each page to see how it connected to the page before, how the road got closer, then further away as i kept walking. when i read the book to my kindergartners, they were awed and silent. they loved finding some of the hidden art in the drawings, looking for the wolf in the sky was their favorite. this is a magical book, which leaves you feeling hushed, peaceful, happy.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Picturebooks4 on December 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
From BOOKPAGE, December 2004:

Once in a blue moon

Inspired by the Native American custom of naming full moons, veteran Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Rylant teams up with newcomer Mark Siegel in a lovely new book showcasing the 12 full moons of the year.

As artist Mark Siegel shares in a note, although he was immediately captivated by Rylant's words, he wasn't quite sure of the best medium to use for his artwork. After trying acrylics and oils, he finally chose charcoal, pencil and pastels.

Perhaps more importantly, he took "many long walks by moonlight in the beautiful Rockefeller Farms, near Sleepy Hollow, New York," realizing that he'd never given so much attention to moonlight before. This careful attention paid off in Siegel's stunning illustrations exploring all 360 degrees of one spot in the countryside. The dark yet silvery images seem perfectly in tune with Rylant's words, which evoke the moons, the natural world and seasons, and the meanings they hold for us. The book begins:

"In January

the Stormy Moon shines in mist, in ice, on a wild wolf's back.

Find it and find your way home."

Each month is lovingly evoked, from the Sprouting Grass Moon of April, to June's Strawberry Moon, to the Acorn Moon of October. December's moon is the Long Night Moon, which waits, and waits, and waits for morning. This, Rylant tells us, is the faithful moon.

Long Night Moon is a perfect way to introduce young children to the seasons. Share it with your family after a moonlit walk, and you will create indelible memories.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Children's books enthusiast on December 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a remarkable achievement. Rylant's simple yet moving and profound poems capture the magic and wonder of the night-time, and they have been further brought to life - and to light, amazingly so, in a rich diversity of luminous grays, blues, purples - by the illustrator.

Reading it with my five-year-old niece, who has often been afraid alone at night, was truly delightful: Long Night Moon brings out the richness, softness and intimacy of the nocturnal environment, in a way that a child finds reassuring.

The journey of the seasons is shown in snapshots, panning along a 360° view of the same landscape, bringing us back, at December's Long Night Moon, to the homey scene of the beginning. It gives a feeling of completeness and harmony, one more of the very successful uses of symbolism and imagery by this author/illustrator pair who were very fortunate to find one another.

I've recommended this book to several friends, who told me it also gave them very pleasant reading experiences with the children in their life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you love walking at night, in the woods, fields, meadows and mountains like I do, you are going to love this work. Using the wonderful lyrical, almost mystic words of Cynthia Rylant, the artist Mark Siegel has given us some truly amazing visuals that are absolutely haunting. This book was written for children but is as enchanting for adults as it is for the little ones. I cannot imagine a book better suited to read to a child before bed.

Ms. Rylant has taken the custom of Native Americans and given a name to each full moon, one for each month of the year. They include:

January the Stormy Moon
February the Snow Moon
March the Sap Moon
April the Sprouting Grass Moon
May the Flower Moon
June the Strawberry Moon
July the Thunder Moon
August the Harvest Moon
September the Coon Moon
October the Acorn Moon
November the Frost Moon
December the Long Night Moon

The artist, Mark Siegel and drawn wonderful representations, taken from nature; from the out of doors, and given us twelve charcoal renderings and impressions of each of these full moons. He has captured the feeling and essence of each perfectly. The deep blues, grays, purples and blacks have hit the mood perfectly for each season of the year. Each picture is accompanied by Rylant's haunting words...

In January
The Stormy Moon Shines
in mist,
in ice,
on a wild wolf's back
find it
and find your way home.

The combination of word and picture is quite profound and you can actually feel yourself as a part of the illustration and words. Now mind you I have spent a great deal of my life as a chronic walker in the night and probably feel more at home during this period than any other time, during any season.
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