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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395918243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395918241
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

By the light of the final full moon of autumn, Possum kicks off a celebration with his friends. PW called it "a merry illumination of the moon-glowing, green-growing, bug-buzzing profusion of a seasonal last hurrah." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2?One autumn evening, Possum looks up and sees the biggest, brightest harvest moon ever. He decides to have one last party before the long winter and invites all of his friends. But the mice, raccoon, crickets, and frogs are all busy getting ready for winter, and it looks as if no one will come. Possum sits by himself in the clearing until everyone realizes it is not a night or a moon to waste without dancing and feasting, and they all join the celebration. Appealing illustrations are done in watercolors and pen-and-ink with subdued autumn and night hues of green, brown, black, and orange. The pictures depict the creatures of the meadow in soft detail, enjoying the moonlight with tiny party hats perched on their heads. The book will be excellent for story times on what animals do during the winter, paired, for example, with Lydia Dabcovich's Sleepy Bear (Dutton, 1982), Leo Lionni's Frederick (Knopf, 1967), and Jack Kent's Round Robin (S & S, 1989). A sensational selection, regardless of the season?Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Anne Hunter is an illustrator and author of such children's books as Possum's Harvest Moon, Possum and the Peeper, and other nature related books. She lives in southern Vermont with her family.

For more about Anne Hunter and her books please visit her website at http://www.annehunterstudio.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Girl Empowered on November 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this book. I read it to my daughter and now I share it with my students. As a teacher, I have used it as a great introduction to verbs. The illustrations are fabulous too. Anne Hunter does a great job making you feel safe and cozy among the grasses with your best pals. Last year I read it right before the harvest moon came out. As I sat in traffic on my way home from school, I looked out at the big, beautiful harvest moon. It was a great reminder that the best things in life are free.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Just a brief note.

I recently bought several copies of Possum's Harvest Moon as gifts
for some young relatives. It's turned out to be one of those
books that they just can't put down! It's a constant request
either at bedtime or during a quite time.

The book is especially good because it gives character to some of
night's creatures and also leaves room for the kids imagination!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I used this book in my classroom when I was doing a unit on autumn/harvest. I liked this book because it added a new view of harvest. Usually harvest stories focus around farm life - but this book takes a different twist as the wild animals notice the harvest moon. This book helped my students realize that all creatures notice the coming of autumn. A good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abby Connors on November 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I teach young children, and I appreciate this book for two reasons! First of all, most children's books take place on bright sunny summer days - there aren't many about the late fall/approaching winter. Secondly, how many children's books are about possums? Not too many! Makes a nice change from farm animals. There are also mice, crickets, raccoons, and frogs. After the story, it's fun to put on some music for the children to dance to, like the animals do at the harvest moon party. It mentions "fiddles" so I like to put on some square-dance type music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FroggyMama on September 28, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My little man has requested we read this countless times since we received it. And I don't mind - this is an absolutely wonderful book! It is a beautiful story, with ethereal illustrations, a harvest dream. Nature and beauty, the moon, and a grand party. What more could a preschooler ask for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) on October 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Possums Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter
Story about a possum that is having a harvest moon party. The other animals tell him why they are not able to attend:
gathering nuts for the long winter, eating so they will be fat for the winter, some must burrow underground already.
He can hear things - the animals doing their chores, and never imagines they will come to his party...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debra McIntyre-Dodd on September 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
I used to read this book to my daughter, who's now 20, all the time. It's so beautifully written and illustrated, and it really helped further her love of all creatures great and small. I think about this book everytime I see a beautiful fall harvest moon, so in the end I don't know who loved this book more, my daughter or me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theresa on November 15, 2013
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I chose this book to share with my preschool class for "Nocturnal Animals" week. The story was cute and the pictures were beautiful. My class of two year olds enjoyed it even though it was a little longer than the books that we usually read toghether
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