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Dancing Moons: Poems

Dancing Moons: Poems

by Nancy Wood, Frank Howell
     
 
The world is hard up for the simple things that abound in nature. We long for what nature can reveal, the essential truths that connect us to the core of life itself. Following the spiritual philosophy of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, who have been her teachers for over thirty years, Nancy Wood shares her awareness and appreciation of the complex, magical world

Overview

The world is hard up for the simple things that abound in nature. We long for what nature can reveal, the essential truths that connect us to the core of life itself. Following the spiritual philosophy of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, who have been her teachers for over thirty years, Nancy Wood shares her awareness and appreciation of the complex, magical world around us. These poems and meditations, following the Twelve Great Paths of the Moon, reveal old, enduring truths that may help each of us on our journey.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
This compelling book of poems and portraits by the award winning team of Nancy Wood and Frank Howell focuses upon the Native American tradition of the 12 Great Paths of the Moon. The stunning portraits are frequently mythical in their absorbing portrayal of Native Americans. The meditative poems focus on the cycle of life as it is revealed through the power, majesty, and magic of nature. The poems also explore the importance of unity between humans and nature. This is a book for all ages because the illustrations have a haunting appeal to everyone and the poetry, all though elevated in language, focuses on universal themes. The poems have a depth that allows the reader to return again and again to gain new meaning. Those who are too young to read or understand the poetry will be absorbed by the portraits. As they grow older, young readers will learn to appreciate the poetry, so in many ways, this is a book to grow up with.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Nancy Wood's Dancing Moons is one of those poetry books that nourish adult needs while they open doors of understanding for young adults. Ms. Wood lives among the Pueblos of New Mexico, whose spirit and teachings inspire her. In the last stanza of "Woman-Heart Spirit", she reminds us of love's power: "The woman-heart spirit became the keeper of compassion, / strong yet invisible, the connection between / all living things. The woman-heart spirit / is nothing more than love, overlooked when the world began." Frank Howell's paintings evoke the elemental and shimmering beauty of Native American faces.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Wood has organized her cycle of poems in homage to Native American philosophy around the Twelve Great Paths of the Moon of the Pueblo Indians. Each section is preceded by a meditation (January's Man Moon begins-``January's great path of the moon is solitude. Each day is part of an infinite puzzle, interlocked with all the preceding days and the ones that follow.''). Within the section, each poem is accompanied by a stunning painting that is also inspired by Native American mythology. The book is visually gripping and gorgeous; its clean typeface and sharp white borders set off perfectly both paintings and text. Unfortunately, while Wood clearly has a deep devotion to and respect for Native American philosophy, as she so eloquently demonstrated in War Cry on a Prayer Feather (Doubleday, 1979; o.p.), her own words in this collection ring more of New Ageisms that seep into adult conversations than poetry. She writes in ``Invitation to Life''-``I invite you to life/and you send regrets...I'll issue no more invitations/to you. The party's been/ cancelled, the guests won't arrive/in time to find me having/A dance all my own. You see,/I invited myself to my life/and finally accepted.'' This book, although written with noble intentions, should be declined.-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385321693
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.61(w) x 10.55(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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