Children's LiteratureThis traditional story begins with a woman working in the fields with her two children near-by. As the rain began to fall, the water rose, and the woman became worried about the safety of her children. She was forced to take her two children and seek refuge in the limbs of a cypress tree. Eventually the rain stopped, but the wind continued to blow. She prayed to the moon to help her find a way to keep her children warm. As she and her children slept, the moon spoke to stars, which spoke to clouds, which spoke to wind. The wind stopped, and the moon wove a blanket from the clouds. When the woman awoke, she and her children were covered by the moon's gift, Spanish moss. This Native American story is colorfully illustrated and suitable to be read aloud to children. The author has also provided a brief personal antidote about hearing the story for the first time and her experiences as a child collecting Spanish moss near her childhood home. 2003, Pelican, 14.95. Ages 3 to 9.