Hello, Harvest Moon


While tired farmers and their families are in bed, the harvest moon silently climbs into the sky and starts working its magic. For some, it is the nightly signal to rise and shine. It is time to hunt, to work, or to play in the shadows. For a little girl and her cat, it is an invitation to enjoy the wonders of the night and a last flood of light before the short days of winter set in. With an evocative text and radiant illustrations, this companion to Twilight Comes Twice offers a glimpse of nature’s nightlife ...

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While tired farmers and their families are in bed, the harvest moon silently climbs into the sky and starts working its magic. For some, it is the nightly signal to rise and shine. It is time to hunt, to work, or to play in the shadows. For a little girl and her cat, it is an invitation to enjoy the wonders of the night and a last flood of light before the short days of winter set in. With an evocative text and radiant illustrations, this companion to Twilight Comes Twice offers a glimpse of nature’s nightlife long after bedtime.

Poetic prose describes a full autumn moon and the magical effect it has on the earth, plants, animals, and people around it.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"pairs poetically intense writing with luminescent oils...rich in metaphor...peaceful reading either in season, or on any moonlit night." Kirkus Reviews

"lyrical offering...poetic prose...imaginative metaphors...draws readers into the text...luminous oil paintings...warm hues evoke homey, autumn scenes." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal

"Impressionistic oil paintings ...Descriptive text...peaceful...the dark beauty of the illustrations captures the magic of nighttime." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"a visual and linguistic pleasure...oil paintings gleam...text and art together create a sense of wonder...lyrical, child-friendly images" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Like their Twilight Comes Twice, this quiet meditation on the beauty of the harvest moon is a visual and linguistic pleasure. The book begins with the moon's rising, "lifting free of the treetops" and shining through a girl's bedroom window, then moves outward to explore the ways in which the moon's light affects other people and animals. Kiesler's oil paintings gleam with soft light as the girl and her cat watch luna moths and admire the fall foliage of the birch trees "double-dipped in moonlight." Text and art together create a sense of wonder at the beauty of open milkweed pods, "like tiny moonlings floating up to their mother" or a spider web etched in moonlight. Beginning with the close-up of the girl and her cat, poet and artist widen the perspective to incorporate other nighttime activitya plane overhead, a night watchman, various animals and eventually, the pull of the moon on the earth's waters as it "grab[s] whole oceans with its arms." Fletcher's lyrical, child-friendly images will linger in readers' minds. With a gentle nod to Margaret Wise Brown, the child's morning is the moon's setting ("a sleepy head winking falling slow motion onto its pillow"), and the book ends appropriately with the girl bidding, "Good night, harvest moon." Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In the fall when the crops have been gathered, something stirs and "with silent slippers climbs the night stairs" and makes the night so bright "that you can read your favorite book without even turning on the lamp." It is the harvest moon—"round, ripe and huge." Slip outside to see trees double-dipped in moonlight, luna moths and a busy garden spider and to play hide in seek in the moon shadows. It may be bedtime, but not for the pilot who feels like she is flying in broad daylight. Nor for the watchman who won't need his flashlight on a night like this. And not for the moon which has its own work to do. It tells the moonflowers to open. It whispers to the geese that it is time to fly north. It moves the oceans. And, then it eases lower and falls slow motion onto its pillow. Good night, harvest moon. Illustrated with oil paintings that glow with the radiance of a moonlit night, this book captures all the enchantment and wonder of the harvest moon. A wonderful book to share at bedtime. 2003, Clarion Books, Ages 3 to 6.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-In this lyrical offering, the harvest moon rises on a quiet neighborhood and bathes the silent streets in brilliant lunar light. It illuminates corn and wheat fields, inspires luna moths to perform ballet in the crisp air, and casts a silver shadow on the red and orange autumn trees. A young girl and her cat play hide-and-seek by its light, a pilot flies her plane in near-daytime brightness, and a night watchman wonders if he'll need his flashlight. As morning nears, the moon sets in daylight and the child and her cat bid it goodnight. Fletcher's poetic prose makes use of gentle tempo and internal rhyme. Imaginative metaphors add to the text; as the moon sets, it sprinkles "silver coins like a careless millionaire." Careful use of second-person narrative draws readers into the text. Kiesler's luminous oil paintings portray the luscious moon glow, and a refrained use of brush stroke captures the mystery of nighttime when the familiar world becomes exotic, dazzling, and alive with nocturnal life. Warm hues evoke homey, autumn scenes. Hello, Harvest Moon helps usher in the season and encourages readers to connect with people throughout the ages who have marveled at the glorious sight.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As atmospheric as its companion, Twilight Comes Twice, this tone poem pairs poetically intense writing with luminescent oils featuring widely spaced houses, open lawns, and clumps of autumnal trees, all lit by a huge full moon. Fletcher tracks that moon's nocturnal path in language rich in metaphor: "With silent slippers / it climbs the night stairs," "staining earth and sky with a ghostly glow," lighting up a child's bedroom, the wings of a small plane, moonflowers, and, ranging further afield, harbor waves and the shells of turtle hatchlings on a beach. Using creamy brushwork and subtly muted colors, Kiesler depicts each landscape, each night creature from Luna moths to a sleepless child and her cat, as well as the great moon sweeping across star-flecked skies, from varied but never vertiginous angles. Closing with moonset, as dawn illuminates the world with a different kind of light, this makes peaceful reading either in season, or on any moonlit night. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618164516
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/22/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 315,949
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Fletcher is the author of many well-received books for children, including the novels FIG PUDDING, and FLYING SOLO, and the picture books TWILIGHT COMES TWICE, GRANDPA NEVER LIES and CIRCUS SURPRISE. He lives with his family in New Hampshire.

Born in New Hampshire and raised in Vermont, Kate Kiesler began painting at an early age. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now paints and illustrates full-time. Kate paints with oils, and her rich style has been highly praised. Kate Kiesler has illustrated numerous picture books, including THE GREAT FROG RACE AND OTHER POEMS. She lives in Frisco, Colorado.

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