Wild Honey from the Moon
Wild Honey from the Moon
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Annotation: Determined to cure her sick young son, a devoted mother shrew grabs her trusty red umbrella and ignores obstacles, from a malevolent owl to a herd of restless "night mares," on a journey to find life-saving medicine on the moon.
Catalog Number: #194589
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 58 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-8169-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-8169-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019939642
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Young Hugo Shrew is ailing, and his determined mother's convinced that only a dose of wild honey from the moon will cure him. She sets off into the night, outwitting a great horned owl who would like to eat her; calming a stampeding herd of night mares; accepting nectar and a ride from a great vale of butterflies; and silencing a swarm of angry worker bees to gain admittance to the Garden of the Queen Bee. There, after an exchange of maternal feelings, the Queen sends Mother Shrew home on a moonbeam with a pot of honey. Kraegel's detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations call to mind Sergio Ruzzier and feature colorful, anthropomorphic animals engaged in a variety of activities. The shrew's neighborhood includes numerous tiny houses suspended from trees and connected with rope ladders that serve as sidewalks. The moonscapes are equally inviting: a colorful meadow filled with butterflies and flowers, and an equally verdant bee garden. Arranged in seven mini-chapters, this is a fanciful acknowledgement of the limitless devotion of mothers to their offspring.
Publishers Weekly
In episodes divided into seven short chapters for newer readers, Kraegel (Green Pants) writes a classic quest story with a twist: it follows the parent, not the child. In winter, Mother Shrew-s son Hugo contracts a mysterious illness (-His feet were hot, his head was cold, and he just slept and slept-), and her household medical reference notes that the fever is dangerous and suggests a remedy: -One teaspoon of wild honey from the moon has been known to cure.- With all her energy directed toward obtaining the antidote, she sets off, negotiating a flight to the moon from a Great Horned Owl while evading his cordially phrased threats. Once on the moon, she comforts a herd of frightened Night Mares and withstands a chorus of no-s from the drones guarding the Moon-s Queen bee (-My dear sick son needs your honey to be well. So step aside-). Kraegel-s illustrations linger on tiny lines and fine textures: leaves on trees, stars in the sky, and wood grain and warmth in the Family Shrew-s tree house abode. Reassuring and warmhearted, the story celebrates a brave and loving guardian who will do anything for her child. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)
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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ALA Booklist (10/1/19)
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School Library Journal (11/1/19)
Word Count: 1,737
Reading Level: 3.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 506150 / grade: Lower Grades

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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