THE MAN IN THE MOON AS HE SAILS THE SKY: And Other Moon Verse by Ann--Ed. & Illus. Schweninger

THE MAN IN THE MOON AS HE SAILS THE SKY: And Other Moon Verse

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Nine of the 21 moon rhymes assembled here are from Mother Goose; others are by William Blake, Robert Louis Stevenson, Wordsworth, Belloc, Edward Lear, and Vachel Lindsay--who is represented by three selections including the one Susan Russo used for her title poem in The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky (p. 326, J-80). Without violating any of them (credit for this is due partly to her selection process), Schweninger's watercolors give them all a dreamy, free-floating air. Typically, characters sail the sky in boat, balloon, or basket, or they tumble and dance under full moon and stars; a raccoon and a fox enjoying a decorous outdoor moonlit tea-party exemplify the sense of reverie she gives to the poems' musing conceits. The inventiveness of Schweninger's Dance for Three (p. 515, J-125) is absent here, but her tone suits the subject, and both tone and subject are well suited to bedtime reading.

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 1979
Publisher: Dodd, Mead