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Wild Honey from the Moon



written and illustrated by
Kenneth Kraegel

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9780763681692

Awards and Honors
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
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On a cold winter's eve, deep in the woods, a mother shrew frets about her sick young son. His head is cold and his feet are hot, and there is only one thing that can cure him: wild honey from the moon. Mother Shrew does not stop to wonder how she will make such an impossible journey. Instead, she grabs her trusty red umbrella, gives her darling son a kiss, and sets out into the unknown. Along the way, Mother Shrew encounters one obstacle after another, from a malevolent owl to a herd of restless "night mares" to an island humming with angry bees. But each can prove no match for a mother on a mission.

From the mind of the uniquely talented Kenneth Kraegel comes an utterly original ode to the limitlessness of maternal love.

Full-color illustratrations done in ink and watercolor.

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Format

Print

Page Count

64

Trim Size

7 1/4" x 9 15/16"

Dewey

E

AR

3.4: points 0.5

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2020

Book Genres

Early Chapter Book

Topics

Animals. Shrews. Mothers and sons. Being sick. Honey. Moon. Journeys. Quests. Adventures. Obstacles.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

When her beloved only son falls ill and seems unable to recover, Mother Shrew researches his illness and discovers that the only cure is “wild honey from the moon.” And so she locks the door behind her and sets off to acquire some. Along the way, she meets a hungry owl, whom she tricks into flying her to the moon, and a stampede of “night mares,” whom she soothes with some motherly direction and advice. When she finally reaches the home of the Queen Bee and the source of wild honey, Mother Shrew finds a sympathetic fellow mother who commiserates on the challenges of parenting. While the story itself is simple and somewhat unremarkable, it’s the whimsical, gorgeously detailed ink-and-watercolor pictures that stand out. From the charming tree house community where Mother Shrew lives to the mesmerizing patterns of the Queen Bee’s garden, readers of all ages will delight in studying the intricate world Kraegel evokes. This ode to determined mothers is a solid addition to most collections, particularly where beginning chapter books are in demand.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

When her beloved only son falls ill and seems unable to recover, Mother Shrew researches his illness and discovers that the only cure is “wild honey from the moon.” And so she locks the door behind her and sets off to acquire some. Along the way, she meets a hungry owl, whom she tricks into flying her to the moon, and a stampede of “night mares,” whom she soothes with some motherly direction and advice. When she finally reaches the home of the Queen Bee and the source of wild honey, Mother Shrew finds a sympathetic fellow mother who commiserates on the challenges of parenting. While the story itself is simple and somewhat unremarkable, it’s the whimsical, gorgeously detailed ink-and-watercolor pictures that stand out. From the charming tree house community where Mother Shrew lives to the mesmerizing patterns of the Queen Bee’s garden, readers of all ages will delight in studying the intricate world Kraegel evokes. This ode to determined mothers is a solid addition to most collections, particularly where beginning chapter books are in demand.

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