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THE MOON by Robert Louis Stevenson


by Robert Louis Stevenson & illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson

Pub Date: Aug. 11th, 2006
ISBN: 0-374-35046-9
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Pearson’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations add an entirely new dimension to Stevenson’s classic poem. They begin with the cozy image of a father perched on the edge of his son’s bed, but this father is not reading the boy a bedtime story or tucking him in, as readers might expect. This father is actually coaxing his sleepy son out of bed for a nighttime boat-ride. The two venture out into a world that, though ordinary and familiar on one level, is imbued with a kind of magic and mystery in the moonlight. Upon their return home, the boy is asleep in his father’s arms, but the morning sun finds him dashing into his parents’ room, eager to share his adventures with his mother as his exhausted father sleeps on. Pearson’s illustrations have remade a lovely children’s poem about the moon into a lively story of shared discovery. Children will enjoy making their own discoveries in her engaging pictures, which are filled with activity and create just the right mood of quiet excitement. (Picture book. 4-8)