The Birth of the Moon

Coby Hol, Author, C. Hol, Author NorthSouth $13.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7358-1249-9
""Once upon a time, it was dark at night and the animals couldn't see a thing,"" begins this aesthetically pleasing pourquoi tale. Entreated to end the gloom, the sun creates the moon, making it bigger and bigger as the animals clamor for more and more light at night. But the animals soon take their gift for granted; in anger, the sun takes the moon away, restoring it only after the animals apologize--and only then on a conditional basis: ""From now on, the moon will wax and wane to remind you to appreciate my gift to you,"" says the sun. The relatively technical terms of ""waxing"" and ""waning"" call attention to themselves in a parable otherwise crafted with a rough-hewn eloquence. Gracefully austere illustrations, composed largely from torn and cut paper, evoke an array and depth of textures: the cragginess of a mountain peak, the downiness of a duck's feathers, and even the shimmering scales of fish caught in the spotlight of a full moon. As befits a story about cosmic origins, the world Hol details feels newly minted and poignantly fragile. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/31/2000
Release date: 02/01/2000
Show other formats
Library Binding - 978-0-7358-1250-5
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-73520-9
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.