Long Night Moon (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/11/30
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Have you ever stopped to consider what might be revealed in one spot over one year by twelve unique and exquisite full moons?
Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.
Long Night Moon is a book of rhythms, darkness and light. Through short poems about the full moon of each month, Rylant reminds us of the natural rhythms of the changing seasons, the progressions of a life.
The book opens with a picture of a woman holding a baby and looking at her cottage in farming country on a bundle-up January night with a full moon. Each month earns its own spare yet powerful poem reminding us of the changes going on in the natural world over the course of a year.
The illustrations are dark, rich, almost ghostlike charcoal drawings that show you a different view from the same perspective. It's as if the woman and her child you first see in the gazebo looking at their house turn 30 degrees each month so that over the course of a year, you see a full 360 degree view of the farm.
The text is perfect for reading aloud. "In February a Snow Moon glows white, sharp, in a cool, crackling breath. It will miss it's sister, the sun." "In August, a Harvest Moon grows round and full like a big ripe melon, blessing the calm fields of hay." "In December the Long Night Moon waits, and waits, and waits for morning. This is the faithful moon. This one is your friend."
The illustrations are full of detail, giving your audience lots to see and entertain them seeing the different wild life and vegetation at different stages of the year. I've been reading this story to my twin boys (now 7 years old) at bedtime for probably three years now. It's a calming, transformative experience for them, a peaceful, beautiful gateway to sleep.
A hint.....it's a perfect companion to Jane Yolen's Owl Moon.