Possum's Harvest Moonby Anne Hunter
When Possum wakes up one evening and sees the full harvest moon, he decides to throw one last party before the long winter. But everyone is too busy preparing for winter and it looks as if nobody will come to Possum's party. See more details below
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When Possum wakes up one evening and sees the full harvest moon, he decides to throw one last party before the long winter. But everyone is too busy preparing for winter and it looks as if nobody will come to Possum's party.
Hunter's first book is a sturdy piece of work, with crisp writing that is full of scratchy alliterations ("Raccoon rousted his crony, Rabbit"). The watercolor illustrations, done in a dark, woodsy palette, are covered with cross-hatching that swells every object with dimensionality. The animals sit inside the page borders like toys inside a box; these diorama-like nighttime scenes, with a huge harvest moon hovering above the horizon, have a hushed mystery that enhances the charms of the text.
"When Possum sees 'the biggest, brightest, yellowest' moon shining down one autumn night, he decorates the grass with lanterns and berries and heads out to invite the mice, the crickets, Raccoon, Rabbit, and other friends to his 'Harvest Soiree.' This story is suffused with both the excitement and the contentment awakened at the sight of a full, luminous autumn moon." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Meet the Author
Anne Hunter grew up in South Florida and now lives with her family in the hills of rural Vermont where she can hear the crickets, who sing with the frogs, who listen to the distant hoot of an owl. Anne is known for watching the squirrels, listening to the insects and writing about the natural world around us. She has written and illustrated many children’s books, including Possum’s Harvest Moon, which reviewers described as "a sensational selection," with illustrations that are "beautifully rendered" and have "a hushed mystery." http://www.annehunterstudio.com/
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