Wild Honey from the Moon
Wild Honey from the Moon
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Catalog Number: #194589
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book Hot Title Hot Title
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 64
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 0-7636-8169-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-8169-2
Dewey: E
Language: English
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 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. VERDICT This ode to determined mothers is a solid addition to most collections, particularly where beginning chapter books are in demand. Kristy Pasquariello, Westwood Public Library, MA
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School Library Journal (11/1/19)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

In an epic adventure like no other, an unflappable mother will stop at nothing to find a cure for her ailing young son — even if it means traveling to the moon itself.

Where are you going?”
To the moon. A quick trip.”
But you can’t fly.”
“Darling, I am your mother,” she said, and gave him one last kiss.

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.

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