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From the bestselling author of BEE SEASON, a memorable book for children. Every night, when the moon comes out, an old woman sits and fishes with rod, reel and...a mouse? Whoever heard of such silliness? No one else would fish in the dark! But the Fisherwoman knows what she's doing, and everyone else will soon find out. A book that explores the unlikely friendship between a salty old woman and the sweetest man in the night sky, CATCHING THE MOON shows the unexpected pleasures to...
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Overview

From the bestselling author of BEE SEASON, a memorable book for children. Every night, when the moon comes out, an old woman sits and fishes with rod, reel and...a mouse? Whoever heard of such silliness? No one else would fish in the dark! But the Fisherwoman knows what she's doing, and everyone else will soon find out. A book that explores the unlikely friendship between a salty old woman and the sweetest man in the night sky, CATCHING THE MOON shows the unexpected pleasures to be found when people come together.
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Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
In a spare, humorous style, Goldberg (Bee Season) tells a layered story that invites rereading. On dimly lit pages Sheban's golden pictures, done with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils, give off a dreamlike glow.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Goldberg's (The Bee Season, for adults) elegant text and Sheban's (I Met a Dinosaur) enchanting illustrations in this tale of friendship between a Fisherwoman and the Man in the Moon are not to be missed. The omniscient narrator begins with a page-turning sentence: "Hardly anyone noticed when the Fisherwoman started fishing at night," and the tale develops like a beguiling dream. The moon, intrigued with the Fisherwoman, puts on "his traveling hat" and sunglasses disguise to visit her at home. They have tea together—he brings a sea cucumber sandwich, and another time a moon pie. One night, the Fisherwoman tells her visitor of her plan to reel in the moon and prevent the tides from eroding the village's fishing shacks ("Her bright-eyed guest was very impressed, but he did not share her fondness for fishing hooks"). The gentle humor in both text and images softens the environmental theme. Sheban's palette of cobalt blue and chestnut brown allow him to highlight the radiant moonlight. The round-faced moon's phosphorescent footprints glow like yellow coins on the pier, and he sends the woman a gift that helps her achieve her lofty goal. Like the artwork, Goldberg's text ripples with mystery and singular images: "Now everyone knows that on one night each month, there is no moon: From Iowa to India, the sky is dark, save for its starlight freckles." This elegant book is as captivating as moonlight shimmering on a quiet sea. Ages 4-8. (May)

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Each night, the old Fisherwoman casts her rod into the moonlit waters near her home. The Moon looks on and notices that she usually comes up empty-handed. At the new moon, he pays her a visit, wearing sunglasses and hiking boots as a disguise. Each new moon thereafter, he makes additional visits, enjoying tea and conversation with her. He learns that she is really trying to catch him. The high tides are destroying her home and the dock on which she sits. To appease her, the Moon sends the woman a large can of a very luminescent paint. As she paints her cottage, she asks the moonbeams to keep the tides away from her home. This charming book has a wonderful melding of text and illustrations. The deep purples and blues of the nighttime scenes counterbalance the glowing yellows and golds of the moon. Some of the paintings almost glow in the dark. In one, the Moon's light can be seen seeping under the closed door and through the keyhole. In another, its glow brilliantly enhances the woman's laughing face, making her homely features beautiful. Goldberg's text flows almost like the tides and includes words that will gently stretch a young child's vocabulary, e.g., crustacean, luminous, and guffawed. This delightful book is not to be missed.
—Elaine Lesh MorganCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Can a wily old woman outsmart the Man in the Moon? When a Fisherwoman starts fishing every moon-bright night with a mouse for bait, the only one who worries is the Man in the Moon. One moonless night, she brews tea in her shack when a round-faced stranger appears with a sea-cucumber sandwich. To her surprise, the Fisherwoman invites him in. As they sip green tea, the stranger notes how the high tide soaks the floor and crashes through the door. The Fisherwoman keeps fishing by moonlight, and on the next moonless night, the stranger returns with a moon pie. As they sip black tea, the Fisherwoman confesses she is angling to hook the Man in the Moon with her mouse bait to force him to keep the troublesome tides away. Eventually, the clever Fisherwoman and the moon-faced stranger solve the problem of the tides so they can drink their tea by a calm sea. In her children's debut, Goldberg's lunar language and Sheban's stunningly luminous illustrations turn this contemporary tall tale into a shining winner. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439576864
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Myla Goldberg
Myla Goldberg
After graduating from Oberlin in 1993 with an English degree, Myla Goldberg spent a year in Prague writing and teaching English to former Communist ministers before settling in Brooklyn, New York to pen her "honey of a first novel" (according to People magazine), Bee Season.

Biography

Myla Goldberg is the author of the bestselling Bee Season, which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2000 and made into a film, and of Time's Magpie, a book of essays about Prague. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and failbetter. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Author biography courtsey of Random House, Inc..

Good To Know

In an interview with her publisher, Goldberg discusses the spark for her debut novel, Bee Season:

"In 1997 I went to D.C. to visit the National Spelling Bee. I interviewed the kids and I sat in the auditorium and watched the whole thing -- it was intense! If nothing else, that was what made me realize that I could write a novel about this. It's an alternate universe; there's just so much there.

"For me it became a microcosm of the childhood experience, for just about everyone that I know. You grow up, you have parents who have expectations of you, who want certain things, and you try really hard to fulfill them. And then you realize that you can't always. That kind of moment is defining for a lot of people. The spelling bee functions in two days to sum up that entire childhood experience."

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    1. Hometown:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 19, 1971
    2. Place of Birth:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Education:
      B.A., Oberlin College, 1993

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