By the Light of the Harvest Moon
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By the Light of the Harvest Moon

by Harriet Ziefert, Mark Jones
     
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
After their winter-themed Snow Party, Ziefert and Jones return to fete the joys of autumn. The story's backdrop is Apple Hill Farm, where a wind comes up and "orange, yellow, and crimson leaves swirl and twirl and dance in the sky" until they coalesce into pumpkin-headed "leaf people." During the rambunctious harvest party that ensues, these cheery humanoids introduce young readers to autumn traditions like bobbing for apples, pumpkin stacking and stringing popcorn necklaces, while a leafy grandma succinctly explains the autumnal equinox: "The hours of daylight and darkness are equal and fall begins. Fruits, vegetables, and grains are harvested, leaves turn the color of jewels." Luminous pastels capture the vivid colors of the season, from New England—bright foliage to atmospheric details like a cow's profile softly outlined by harvest moon glow. Eventually the partiers are swept away when "the wind awakens from its slumber and delivers gusty blasts of air." But thanks to Ziefert's apple-crisp descriptions and the high energy of Jones's jubilant creatures, readers may be tempted outside to make some autumn magic of their own. Ages 3—7. (Sept.)
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934706695
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
09/23/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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