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Catching the Moon
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Catching the Moon

by Myla Goldberg, David Gassaway, Chris Sheban (Illustrator)
 

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When the old woman began to fish at night under the watching moon, the fishermen shook their heads - she'd never catch anything that way. But the old fisherwoman was wilier than they knew. The waves had risen to take bites out of all the fishing shacks, and what she was hoping to catch was the person who controlled the tides - the man in the moon.

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Overview

When the old woman began to fish at night under the watching moon, the fishermen shook their heads - she'd never catch anything that way. But the old fisherwoman was wilier than they knew. The waves had risen to take bites out of all the fishing shacks, and what she was hoping to catch was the person who controlled the tides - the man in the moon.

A book that explores the unlikely friendship between a salty old woman and the sweetest man in the night sky, CATCHING THE MOON shows the unexpected pleasures to be found when people come together.

Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
In a spare, humorous style, Goldberg (Bee Season) tells a layered story that invites rereading. On dimly lit pages Sheban's golden pictures, done with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils, give off a dreamlike glow.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Goldberg's (The Bee Season, for adults) elegant text and Sheban's (I Met a Dinosaur) enchanting illustrations in this tale of friendship between a Fisherwoman and the Man in the Moon are not to be missed. The omniscient narrator begins with a page-turning sentence: "Hardly anyone noticed when the Fisherwoman started fishing at night," and the tale develops like a beguiling dream. The moon, intrigued with the Fisherwoman, puts on "his traveling hat" and sunglasses disguise to visit her at home. They have tea together�he brings a sea cucumber sandwich, and another time a moon pie. One night, the Fisherwoman tells her visitor of her plan to reel in the moon and prevent the tides from eroding the village's fishing shacks ("Her bright-eyed guest was very impressed, but he did not share her fondness for fishing hooks"). The gentle humor in both text and images softens the environmental theme. Sheban's palette of cobalt blue and chestnut brown allow him to highlight the radiant moonlight. The round-faced moon's phosphorescent footprints glow like yellow coins on the pier, and he sends the woman a gift that helps her achieve her lofty goal. Like the artwork, Goldberg's text ripples with mystery and singular images: "Now everyone knows that on one night each month, there is no moon: From Iowa to India, the sky is dark, save for its starlight freckles." This elegant book is as captivating as moonlight shimmering on a quiet sea. Ages 4-8. (May)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
Each night, the old Fisherwoman casts her rod into the moonlit waters near her home. The Moon looks on and notices that she usually comes up empty-handed. At the new moon, he pays her a visit, wearing sunglasses and hiking boots as a disguise. Each new moon thereafter, he makes additional visits, enjoying tea and conversation with her. He learns that she is really trying to catch him. The high tides are destroying her home and the dock on which she sits. To appease her, the Moon sends the woman a large can of a very luminescent paint. As she paints her cottage, she asks the moonbeams to keep the tides away from her home. This charming book has a wonderful melding of text and illustrations. The deep purples and blues of the nighttime scenes counterbalance the glowing yellows and golds of the moon. Some of the paintings almost glow in the dark. In one, the Moon's light can be seen seeping under the closed door and through the keyhole. In another, its glow brilliantly enhances the woman's laughing face, making her homely features beautiful. Goldberg's text flows almost like the tides and includes words that will gently stretch a young child's vocabulary, e.g., crustacean, luminous, and guffawed. This delightful book is not to be missed.
—Elaine Lesh MorganCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Can a wily old woman outsmart the Man in the Moon? When a Fisherwoman starts fishing every moon-bright night with a mouse for bait, the only one who worries is the Man in the Moon. One moonless night, she brews tea in her shack when a round-faced stranger appears with a sea-cucumber sandwich. To her surprise, the Fisherwoman invites him in. As they sip green tea, the stranger notes how the high tide soaks the floor and crashes through the door. The Fisherwoman keeps fishing by moonlight, and on the next moonless night, the stranger returns with a moon pie. As they sip black tea, the Fisherwoman confesses she is angling to hook the Man in the Moon with her mouse bait to force him to keep the troublesome tides away. Eventually, the clever Fisherwoman and the moon-faced stranger solve the problem of the tides so they can drink their tea by a calm sea. In her children's debut, Goldberg's lunar language and Sheban's stunningly luminous illustrations turn this contemporary tall tale into a shining winner. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439576864
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

After graduating from Oberlin in 1993 with an English degree, Myla Goldberg spent a year in Prague writing and teaching English to former Communist ministers before settling in Brooklyn, New York to pen her "honey of a first novel" (according to People magazine), Bee Season.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth:
November 19, 1971
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Education:
B.A., Oberlin College, 1993

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