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Hello, Harvest Moon Paperback – September 5, 2017
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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
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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."
Readers of all ages who know Ralph Fletcher's work will not be disappointed with his new picture book, Hello, Harvest Moon. Many who know his book Twilight Comes Twice have been waiting for another book of its kind from Ralph. His poetic voice and beautiful sensory image writing are unmatched. Teachers in my school go back to his books over and over again to help young writers as they work on sound and imagery in their writing.
Hello, Harvest Moon speaks for itself. Listen to the sound and picture the images:
"sprinkling silver coins
like a careless millionaire
over ponds, lakes, and seas,
till all the money is spent.
.... you might catch the moonset:
a sleepy head
onto its pillow."
It is very hard in my opinion to find really beautiful children's books theses days, that do not talk down to children or assume they show no interest in the seasonal changes and nature anymore.
This book conveys autumn nights beautifully, we love to cuddle up in bed and read this!