Father Sun, Mother Moon

Father Sun, Mother Moon

by Ann Hassett, John Hassett
     
 

In a superstitious village where all things are painted white, the arrival of a stranger clad in bright, multicolored clothing brings a tide of bad luck. A black cloud appears, bringing with it a bolt of lightning that turns the school gray.
The odd stranger offers to paint the school. But, to the villagers’ dismay, she merely sits atop the building and

Overview


In a superstitious village where all things are painted white, the arrival of a stranger clad in bright, multicolored clothing brings a tide of bad luck. A black cloud appears, bringing with it a bolt of lightning that turns the school gray.
The odd stranger offers to paint the school. But, to the villagers’ dismay, she merely sits atop the building and plays her flute as the sun rises and sets. The children, though, delight in her music and colorful stories. Then one night, when the moon is full and high, the stranger begins to paint. When at last the rooster crows, the villagers awake to a most unusual surprise.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
If everything in the village has always been white, then white must be right, think the villagers when a questioning stranger dressed in bright hues arrives. They are startled and uncomfortable when lightning turns their white schoolhouse gray, and they superstitiously whisper that "Foolish grow will children now" because of this misfortune. But the stranger offers to paint the school for them, and a bargain is struck. Day turns to night as he plays his flute to prepare for the magic paint job. An awesome sight greets the villagers the next day when Father Sun's glowing rays displace Mother Moon's pale ones. An interesting theme;but the ending is unsatisfactory, with its strange conclusion that "'Mother Moon has fooled us!' shouted the children. 'Father Sun shows it is so.'" The paintings are fanciful, intriguing and full of life, but the story is too puzzling. 2001, Houghton, $16.00. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer:Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this original tale, superstition dictates that if the entire village is not painted white, the children will become foolish. A strangely dressed woman arrives and explains, "Once I found a rainbow tangled in a thorn tree.-I played my flute and the rainbow floated free. Father Sun was pleased, so he gave me clothes of the rainbow's colors." When lightning strikes and turns the school gray, the villagers are upset. The stranger promises to paint the building, but spends the day playing her flute instead. During the day, the townspeople try standing on their heads, carrying toads, and speaking backwards to bring good luck and keep their children safe. When they awake in the morning, the school has been painted yellow and they discover that they are the ones who have been fooled. The expressionistic illustrations are humorous in tone; their cartoon style adds to the general foolishness of the villagers and the story. The bright colors of the stranger's dress stand in sharp contrast to the white of the village, and the variation in perspective adds interest. However, while the idea here is interesting, something is lacking in the execution. The story seems to be missing some ingredient that would better connect the premise with the result.-Ellen A. Greever, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395975657
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


John and Ann Hassett have been collaborating on picture books for more than ten years. Their books are known for their quirky humor and lively illustrations. The Hassetts live and work in Maine, where their “commute to work is short (upstairs, and first door on the right).”

John and Ann Hassett have collaborated on many heartwarming picture books for children. They live in Waldoboro, Maine, with two small girls, chickens, and a dog, as well as mice in the walls.

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