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Buried Moon

Buried Moon

by Margaret Hodges, Jamichael Henterly (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal
A story based on English folklore. The Moon, curious about the evil beings who live in the bogs and marshes, comes to Earth as a beautiful woman to investigate them for herself. As she walks through the forest, she is imprisoned on a tree. When a lost wanderer needs her help, the Moon lets down her hood to reveal her light, but she herself is buried in a dark pool by the forces of evil. On advice from an old woman, the villagers free the Moon and once more curb the forces of darkness with her light. The full-page framed paintings are finely drawn and detailed in a style somewhat reminiscent of Paul Zelinsky's. The facing pages of text are framed by a wide border of illustration. The muted blues and greens of the marshes at night create an appropriately sinister mood, while warmer brown tones illustrate the village scenes. Several scenes are luminously brightened by the light from the Moon. This is a pre-Christian tale of devils, goblins, and witches, with the Moon a kind of Christ figure who comes to Earth for man, is imprisoned on a tree, is left for dead in a pool, and finally rises in the sky. The language is simple enough for young children, but the tale is more appropriate for intermediate-grade children, who will savor the rich imagery and eerie setting and will carefully examine the illustrations. The simple storyline is especially suited to storytellers who want to create a scary, vivid, but not too frightening mood. --Yvonne Frey, Illinois Central College, East Peoria

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Little, Brown and Company
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1st ed
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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