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In Every Moon There Is a Face

In Every Moon There Is a Face

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by Charles Mathes, Arlene Graston (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature
A brief, lyrical text moves from one image to another with a dreamlike quality. The image of the moon elicits a thought of a tree which leads to the idea of lace and continues through a cloud, the sea, words, birds, flowers, a star, a child, the sky, dreams, and a butterfly before circling back to the moon. Each framed page of text with just the word being described is faced with a whimsical painting illustrating the imaginative images invoked by the word and by the brief explanation provided beneath the picture. A young girl in a flowing nightgown appears in each illustration as she contemplates the variety of ideas inspired by the moon. The reader is asked in the beginning to look and listen with the heart because this is a story that words cannot tell. A good springboard for imaginative thinking or for a quiet bedtime story. 2003, A Terri Cohlene Book/Illumination Arts, Ages 3 to 6.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.

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Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

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In Every Moon There Is a Face 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most beautifully illustrated books (adult or children's) I've ever seen. The depth of each illustration is so spellbinding that it draws you into each picture in the dreamiest and most wondrous way ever. It brings the reader to a magical, spiritual realm most books never even touch on or begin to. I have found this book, showing a little girl's journey into the world that dreams are made of, to be so honest, heartfelt and visionary. One of the nice things about this one-of-a-kind book is that it appeals to everyone; adults, teenagers and children of all ages. Everyone that has seen my copy of it or that I gave to as a gift was instantly spellbound by it's poetry and the serenity it invokes on them. I treasure this book with it's wonderful dreaminess as this year it has made my gift list easy to fill because it appeals to all ages. It has left everyone delightfully amazed and longing for more; so they begin reading it over again and then again each time discovering new hidden secrets of our universe and their hearts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This exquisite book is dedicated to 'the Silence within us all.' From this point of departure, the reader embarks on a quiet journey of wonder and joy, a journey to discover buried treasure within, a journey of authenticity which reverberates in the heart. Arlene's Graston delicately luminous, fanciful illustrations of Charles Mathes's gracefully wise poem are a perfect marriage of word and image, thought brought to the visual. My son's joyful comment, 'It has no end. It begins all over!' encapsulates the Spiritual truth of the work: the connection of everything to everything else and to the Eternal. I encourage everyone to experiene this work of profound beauty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is pure enchantment. Arlene Graston's paintings are breathtakingly beautiful, and their whimsy, rich colors, and fascinating details make this a work of sheer delight. I can see how these pictures and the accompanying poem by Charles Mathes create verbal and visual associations designed to stimulate children's own imaginations. And about halfway through, it dawned on me that this is clearly more than just a beautiful picture book. As I followed the little girl on her dream-like adventure, I started to realize the book's unspoken message. Every image finds a new way to show that the universe in which we live is nurturing, creative, abundant, and loving. The pictures are so vivid that I could almost feel the child's wonder and joy of discovery. When I finally set the book down, I made a list of the messages that I found in these pages. Here are just a few: You are perfect, just as you are. There are no limits to your gifts. You are not alone. You have nothing to fear. Love surrounds you. Your birthright is joy . . . . In a world saturated with limiting thoughts, these are wonderful messages to share with a child. For those whose hearts are open -- children and grownups alike -- this book is a doorway into the realm of infinite possibility, where dreams come true, magic is real, and the universe is filled with love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each page of this book is one line of the poem, written by Charles Mathes. Accompanying the line of the poem is a wonderful work of art by Arlene Graston that corresponds to and complements the line of text. The poem makes some unexpected progressions that open little minds to possibilities. You could get lost in a single page's artwork for 15 minutes! I was thrilled at the color and depth and this has become a cherished book in our home.