By the Light of the Harvest Moon

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As the harvest moon shines down, the wind picks up, sending orange, yellow, and crimson leaves dancing, until they settle in a pumpkin patch. One-by-one, leaf people emerge to celebrate the autumnal equinox. Mark Jones's rich pastel illustrations bring to life the mysterious and fleeting world of a gentle troupe of leaf characters, who will warm the hearts of all readers.
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Overview


As the harvest moon shines down, the wind picks up, sending orange, yellow, and crimson leaves dancing, until they settle in a pumpkin patch. One-by-one, leaf people emerge to celebrate the autumnal equinox. Mark Jones's rich pastel illustrations bring to life the mysterious and fleeting world of a gentle troupe of leaf characters, who will warm the hearts of all readers.
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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
The illustrations in this attractively done book are imbued with the colors of autumn which provide the perfect backdrop for this story about the leaf people. The farmers at Apple Hill Farm finish up their work under a harvest moon and after they leave the field the wind begins to set the leaves from the trees dancing and twirling through the air. The wind quiets down and that is when the leaf people come out and find a clearing where the preparations for the evening begin. They decorate the clearing while the children play. The adults surprise the children with a dessert party to celebrate the autumnal equinox. They all enjoy pumpkin, apple, pear, and pecan pies served with cider until the wind gently carries the leaf people away. In the morning, after the sun rises, there are signs that, indeed, they have been there. There is one little oddity. The leaf children play with pumpkins and the adults decorate and cook with them and, yet, the heads of the leaf people appear to be pumpkins. However, this is a minor point as it does not distract from the overall story and the beauty of the illustrations. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934706695
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 693,529
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert is the author of over 200 children's books. The mother of two and the grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

Mark Jones was born in Switzerland, grew up in Florida, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a degree in illustration. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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