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The Garden Behind The Moon Mass Market Paperback – June 17, 2002

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"Pyle was one of the late nineteenth-century writers who helped invent the fairy tale novel, and it is thrilling to have this wonderful and moving book back in print."--Jane Yolen

"Magical, wistful, lyrical-a different face to the writer who introduced me and thousands of others to heroic adventure. Not to be missed!"--Tamora Pierce

About the Author

Howard Pyle was a successful American author and illustrator, many of whose books are aimed at younger readers. After only a few formal lessons in artistic techniques, Pyle initially began his career creating illustrations for magazines, finally publishing his first work in Harper s Weekly at the age of twenty-five. Pyle s career took off, and he was soon creating his own stories and publishing illustrated books for children. His most famous work is The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, which was the first cohesive retelling of the medieval legend of Robin Hood. His other famous works include Men of Iron, a tale about knighthood, and a four-volume collection about King Arthur. Howard Pyle died in Florence in 1911 at the age of fifty-eight. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape; 1st edition (June 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765342421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765342423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,870,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I'm very lucky. I have an original edition of this book...published in 1903. My grandfather read it to my father, who read it to me, and now I've read it to my children. As much as I loved this book as a boy, I love it more as an adult. This is a story of a shy, sensitive child who endures the taunts of other children, and who runs away to meet the man in the moon, live in the moonhouse, and ultimately to become a man and claim his destiny in the garden on the other side of the moon. Modern kids who live on Nintendo and R-rated movies will struggle at first to adjust to the delicate childishness (in the best sense) of the language and plot, but this is a book that is hard not to love. Read it, and you'll never look at the reflection of moonlight on the water in the same way again. Pyle's illustrations are at least as valuable as his text. They add to the sense of tender melancholy that pervades this book. Pyle fans who are used to his swashbuckling adventures are in for something very different here. The best way for a child to absorb this book is sitting next to his mom or dad on the couch, an arm around his shoulder, listening to the words while studying the pictures. If Pyle's other books are like Wagner's The Ride Of The Valkeries, then The Garden Behind The Moon is like Erik Satie's Trois Gymnopedies.
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Every night in the fishing village where he lives eleven-year-old David, a moon calf, sits alone by the shore watching the path of light that stretches across the sea until it almost touches the moon. Wondering where it goes, he decides to talk to Hans Krout, the cobbler, about it and learns that the cobbler has been out on the moon path himself. That same night Hans takes him to the shore and ties to teach him how to cross but David gets scared and falls into the water. Then one day he hears the voice of the Moon Angel down by the shore. Moon Angel makes people happy when they're sad, but he also takes something away from them. He tells David that he, Moon Angel, is the Master Cobbler, and David should have Hans bring him to the moon path again. That same night Hans and David make another trip down to the moon path, and this time David crosses it. Once he's on the other side he discovers that the path leads to a magical world behind the moon where David's adventure begins.
When he enters the magical world, the first thing he discovers is the Moon House where the Man in the Moon lives. It's dark and quiet, and every time David looks out a window, he sees something different. A few days later he discovers the Moon Garden. It's a peaceful place with a lot of children living in it. The children begin talking and playing with David, and they don't make fun of him like the children in the village where he lives, because they're all moon calves too. He leaves the Moon Garden, but the Man in the Moon decides that David will be allowed to go there for three days every month. During one of his visits he meets a girl named Phyllis, and they start to become really good friends. They do everything together.
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I bought this book for my son after discovering and enjoying Howard Pyle's stories of King Arthur. The Garden Behind the Moon is without question the best children's book I have ever read. It teaches some important concepts in a way that young children can understand: the reason why David cannot remain in the moon garden, how and why David must do the task he was sent to do, how David completes the difficult but necessary transition from little boy to grown man and how he ultimately brings the Know-All book containing its wisdom about the greatest sorrow and greatest joy to earth.

This book along with the Wonder Clock and the King Arthur stories have made my son and I Howard Pyle fans. Today's books for children are disappointing in comparison.
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I fell in love with this book as a child and have re-read it as an adult. It hasn't lost it's charm! The review below is very critical, but one must understand the time period of the writing. The story is dreamy and fantastical, which is what makes the book such a pleasure to read over and over again. Recommended for all age groups.
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I found this book to be a beautiful story that reminds us of the wonder and awe so present in childhood, that is often lost in our transition to becoming an adult. The descriptions of the joy and beauty in the garden, the moon, and beyond warmed my heart, and reminded me to have a more light-hearted attitude - especially as an adult! I found a copy of this book in a used book store during a full moon - and I'm so glad I did. It is a light hearted tale with important lessons, and perhaps those who cannot see its charm should re-visit the moon garden!
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Howard Pyle may be one of my favorite authors of all time and I've never outgrown this book. It is something different to children and adults so there is always a new angle to pick up on. A beautiful story.

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