Full Worm Moon

Full Worm Moon

by Margo Lemieux, Robert A. Parker
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Each year as winter changes into spring, earthworms burrow out of the hard ground to dance beneath the full moon, leaving behind spiral mounds of dirt. In gentle prose offset by bursts of excited dialogue, Lemieux presents a long-ago Algonquian family as they share a legend about the night of the Full Worm Moon. Atuk and Mequin have listened to the story of the worms all winter and, now that the full moon is here, their father has promised they can spend the night outside, huddled under elkskins, watching for the worms. The hushed, reverential tones of the narrative are matched by ephemeral, loosely rendered watercolors. Mottled browns, blues and indigos convey the late winter chill, while splashes of color evoke the life-giving forces in nature. When the worms make their appearance, they are silvery spirits, rising from the ground like twists of steam bathed in moonlight. Both text and artwork capture the beauty and majesty of the natural world. Thought-provoking and poetic. Ages 4-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Inside their warm wigwam, an Algonquin family anticipates the approach of spring. The children beg their mother to tell them the story of the Full Worm Moon, the time when earthworms help prepare the soil for planting. Since it is the very night of the full moon, the family decides to spend the night outside, watching to see if the earthworms will really dance to the music that is said to come from the air itself. In a cozy and tender scene, they snuggle under fur robes, waiting and watching together in the night. One by one, they fall asleep, but the children wake to see ghostly shapes wiggling in the moonlight. In the morning, curly piles of soil show that the earthworms have, indeed, been at work. This story could be used to make cross-cultural comparisons to other advent of spring stories, or to increase awareness of changes in nature. The illustrations are expressionistic pen-and-watercolor on colored and textured paper; their sketchy quality and earthy colors give a rough-hewn immediacy to the book. This is an original story, written to show ``how a New England Algonquin family may have lived before the arrival of the Pilgrims.''-Carolyn Polese, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Julie Corsaro
This quiet story about the coming of spring focuses on a close-knit Indian family identified as New England Algonquins in the author's note. Mother and Father and their children Atuk and Mequin spend a cold night under the full moon waiting for the burrowing worms that will signify the start of the planting season. Some children may be confused by the rather lyrical explanation of how the worms prepare the soil. The full-page wash-and-line paintings, featuring loose, sketchy figures, by Caldecott Honor Book artist Parker are impressive in their use of color and composition style.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688121068
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32

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