Mouse and the Moon

illus. by Tina Macnaughton. 26p. Good Books. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-56148-747-9.
K-Gr 2—Little Harvest Mouse loves the security of knowing his friend the moon watches over him each night. But one evening, a cold wind blows and her warm glow disappears. Mouse panics and runs through the field shouting, "Someone's stolen the moon!" In his search for his lost friend, he encounters Duck, Squirrel, and Rabbit, all of whom consider the moon their own special friend and are distressed by her absence. As lightning and thunder fill the air, the four creatures find shelter in a cave. When the storm subsides, the animals are thrilled to see that the moon has returned. They take comfort in her presence and in the new friendships they have forged. The large spreads are done in saturated colors and depict irresistible critters with enchantingly sweet faces. Their soulful expressions will elicit compassion from young readers, who will also find the glittery effect of the moon appealing.—Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL
When his only friend, the moon, disappears in an approaching storm, Mouse goes looking for her and encounters Duck, Squirrel, and Rabbit, each of whom has different ideas about where the moon lives. Together the animals survive the storm, rediscover the moon, and become friends. Large, close-up illustrations with dark blue skies lend atmosphere to the entertaining story.

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