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So begins Robert Louis Stevenson's famous poem The Moon. Now Tracey Campbell Pearson takes readers on an illustrative late-night adventure set to this text in which we follow not only the moon as it shines on the creatures of the night, but also a father and his young son out on a late-night romp through quiet streets and fields, in a boat around a moonlit bay, and home again to sleep in their cozy house.

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Overview

So begins Robert Louis Stevenson's famous poem The Moon. Now Tracey Campbell Pearson takes readers on an illustrative late-night adventure set to this text in which we follow not only the moon as it shines on the creatures of the night, but also a father and his young son out on a late-night romp through quiet streets and fields, in a boat around a moonlit bay, and home again to sleep in their cozy house.

Detailed, luminous watercolor-and-ink paintings capture the magic of nighttime, and its many nocturnal creatures, as well as the special love between a father and son.

Illustrations portray a father and daughter going fishing against a background of Stevenson's poem about nightly happenings in the light of the moon.

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"Luminous. This mesmerizing interpretation shows once again the timeless quality of the poet's verse." —Starred, Booklist

"A beautifully crafted interpretation that's sure to be enjoyed as family reading." —Starred, School Library Journal

"Pearson's illustrations have remade a lovely children's poem about the moon into a lively story of shared discovery." —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Stevenson's classic poetic tribute to the moon is the framework around which Pearson has built a rich visual story, as the poem is printed a line per double page or more. The building blocks are a young family presented in double-page detailed scenes in a somewhat casual naturalism. Interiors show the clutter of piled-up laundry and two kittens in action. A father wakes a young child, dresses him, collects him, the dog, and other essentials like stuffed animals, and going past the raccoon (the "thieves on the garden wall" of the poem) drives to a boat in the harbor, leaving mom and baby behind. The full moon is shining above it all. As they sail out, details noted in the poem are visible along with other nighttime sights. "All love to be out by the light of the moon." The visual story shows the boy's interest and delight in the voyage, the sleepy return home, and the bright awakening in the morning. While dad still sleeps, the young voyager is rushing into the parents' bedroom with a book under his arm, ready to listen to The Moon. The entire poem is printed in full on the last page. Note the contrasting jacket and cover.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-"The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;/She shines on thieves on the garden wall,/On streets and fields/and harbour quays,-." Stevenson's poetic images might seem a bit puzzling to young listeners today, but they make perfect sense juxtaposed with this satisfying visual story of a nighttime boat ride. The full moon outside a family's house parallels the round face of the tall clock as a small boy and his father prepare for the outing. Outside, raccoons are busy on the garden wall. Lots of homey detail in the line drawings washed in watercolor sketch in the busy home life as Mom in her bathrobe and slippers and a sleepy baby stay at home while the family dog and cat curl up in the back of the pickup truck to join the outing. The poetic lines unfold with the trip through the countryside, out on the lake, and eventually back home and into bed. The loving family, their energetic pets, the homey clutter, and the lush countryside at night convey a lovely bedtime story that concludes with the morning sun rising on a new day. Stevenson's lines fall pleasantly on the ear, and Pearson offers much to see on this moonlit night. The three stanzas of the poem appear together in reprise as the final page in a beautifully crafted interpretation that's sure to be widely enjoyed as family reading.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Pearson's watercolor-and-ink illustrations add an entirely new dimension to Stevenson's classic poem. They begin with the cozy image of a father perched on the edge of his son's bed, but this father is not reading the boy a bedtime story or tucking him in, as readers might expect. This father is actually coaxing his sleepy son out of bed for a nighttime boat-ride. The two venture out into a world that, though ordinary and familiar on one level, is imbued with a kind of magic and mystery in the moonlight. Upon their return home, the boy is asleep in his father's arms, but the morning sun finds him dashing into his parents' room, eager to share his adventures with his mother as his exhausted father sleeps on. Pearson's illustrations have remade a lovely children's poem about the moon into a lively story of shared discovery. Children will enjoy making their own discoveries in her engaging pictures, which are filled with activity and create just the right mood of quiet excitement. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374350468
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.87 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (1850-1894) was born in Scotland. His many acclaimed works include Treasure Island and A Child's Garden of Verses. TRACEY CAMPBELL PEARSON is the author and illustrator of many children's books, and most recently illustrated a series of board books, including Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, a Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year. She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Beautiful poem & wonderful illustrations!

    I first discovered this book at the library when my son was 2 and I gave it to him when he was 4 and we still love reading it together. The illustrations are beautiful.

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