Synopses & Reviews
From the bestselling author of THE BEE SEASON, a memorable first book for children.
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.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A book that explores the unlikely friendship between a salty old woman and the sweetest man in the night sky, this charming story from the author of "Bee Season" shows the unexpected pleasures to be found when people come together. Full color.