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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Come Back, Moon, written by David Kherdian and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian. Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster. 2013. $19.99 ages 3 and up

"No one knew where
the moon had gone.
"It's gone," said Fox.
"Where did it go?"
asked Skunk.
"I miss the moon,"
said Opossum.
"Maybe someone stole it,"
Raccoon said."

Poor Bear! No matter what, he just can't go to sleep. He thinks that the bright light from the moon must be the cause of his insomnia, so he up and steals it. The other animals of the forest are bewildered by its absence. Each seeks advice from another until wily fox leads them to wise owl for guidance.

It is Owl who watched as Bear took the moon, and Owl is quick to offer that observation. It sets the rest of the animals on a path to Bear. Fox makes the suggestion that Crow tell Bear a story that will put him to sleep. Once Bear is safe in slumber, they are able to set the moon back in its place. Great joy abounds!

The text is perfect for a young audience and a wonderful story for those just learning to read. The elegance of Nonny Hogrogian's illustrations are a perfect match to the images created by David Kherdian's gentle words. This husband and wife team have collaborated once again to create a lovely, lovely story to be enjoyed by all who share it.

It's enough to make you dance in the moonlight, too!


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