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Full Moon Lore

Full Moon Lore

Ellen Wahi
Illustrator:  Ashley Stewart 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Sleeping Bear Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-1585369652

There is something magical about a full moon. People all over the world will, when the moon is full, look up and gaze at the glowing orb in the night sky with awe or delight. In many cultures the full moon is associated with a story or a tradition. In fact, full moons are often given a special name, depending on when they appear.

In this book readers will learn the names of twelve full moons, each one of which is associated with a month of the year. We begin in January with a Wolf Moon. This is the time of year when snow lies on the ground in many places, and in certain parts of the world, on the night of the full moon, wolves raise their noses to the sky above and howl.

The Sap Moon rises in March, the month when the Vernal or Spring Equinox takes place. Winter is finally coming to a close, and sap starts to rise as the trees begin to “wake up.” In North America people will tap maple trees as this time of year for the sap, which they cook and turn into maple syrup.

July brings us the Buck Moon. This moon gets its name from deer bucks, who grow new antlers at this time of year. In September the Harvest Moon shines down on the land where farmers are busy gathering, preparing, and storing the fruits of their labor.

With its lush illustrations and its beautifully lyrical text, this picture book captures the magical qualities of the full moon, and it also gives us a picture of what is taking place in nature during every month of the year.