Moon Forest

Moon Forest

by Patricia MacCarthy
     
 

In Moon Forest, night is coming. The moon rises in the forest, and illuminates the coming and going of nocturnal creatures foraging in a temperate forest wilderness. The fox must find food for its young. The deer are stampeding! And meanwhile the hare, the owl, the badger and the bats are out and about. All through the night the fox is prowling, hunting. The rabbit

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In Moon Forest, night is coming. The moon rises in the forest, and illuminates the coming and going of nocturnal creatures foraging in a temperate forest wilderness. The fox must find food for its young. The deer are stampeding! And meanwhile the hare, the owl, the badger and the bats are out and about. All through the night the fox is prowling, hunting. The rabbit manages to escape, but as dawn breaks the fox spots a flock of geese. Maybe this is his last chance to find a meal to take back to his cubs. . .

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The great white eye of the moon looks into the forest. What can it see?
A red fox running through a blue forest . . .
An owl gliding between shadows. A warm breeze ruffling fur; a hunter's nose, sniffing the sweet night air. Something stirring, a rat scuttling.
Watching listening.
An owl fading into darkness clutching its prey."
— from the book
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
K-Gr 2—MacCarthy skillfully renders the sights and sounds of a forest under the "great white eye of the moon" in this bedtime story. The lush illustrations fill every corner of the spreads, exposing the nocturnal activity of forest animals. Using colored pencils, she captures the silvery light of a moon filtered through dense trees, illuminating a diverse array of flora and fauna native to the English countryside that inspired her. Readers will linger over these detailed pictures that are teeming with life: deer, snails, rats, badgers, foxes, bats, and more. Tinged with moonlight, the images have an almost magical feel, but the story stays rooted in reality through the text, which reads like the field notes of a biologist with a penchant for drama. The narrative is complex, using advanced syntax and vocabulary, and is set in swirling, stylized fonts, making Moon Forest better suited for shared, rather than independent, reading. The book is an excellent entry point for teaching about forest habitats and descriptive writing techniques.—Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
"Freedom… / and survival!" exult the last words of text in this exquisitely rendered full-spread, full-bleed series of watercolor-and–colored-pencil images. The moon illuminates all, as the forest animals go about their nocturnal lives, real animals doing what animals do: Both stags and beetles lock horns; a magnificent snowy owl swoops to seize a rat; a hedgehog snacks on one of those beetles. The text is printed on ribbons of white that are overlaid on the pictures, like scraps of torn paper; they are occasionally hard to read as the text curves and scatters. Although there is no blood and gore, the circle of life (and death) is clear: These animals depend on one another for food, for survival. If the fox, from whom the hare has escaped, does not find a meal for its kits, they will die. In the end, the fox brings down a goose and brings it home to the kits in a flurry of downed feathers. While the animals are delicately depicted, there is not a trace of anthropomorphism or sentimentality. The silvery moonlight allows MacCarthy to show the texture of leaf and fur, feather and fish scale, with honesty and beauty. A bracing and beautiful antidote to cute-animals-in-the-forest stories. (Picture book. 5-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847802835
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,298,586
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia McCarthy has illustrated many books for children, including several picture books by Margaret Mahy. Her books have been published extensively in the U.S. and Europe. For the Wilderness series she's working in a mixed medium of pen and black ink, and watercolour pastels and pencil-crayons. She lives in Brighton.

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