Wild Honey from the Moon
On a cold winter's eve, deep in the woods, a mother shrew frets about her sick young son. His head is hot and his feet are cold, and there is only one known cure: wild honey from the moon. Mother Shrew does not stop to wonder how she will make such an impossible journey. Instead, she grabs her umbrella, gives her darling son a final kiss, and sets out.
Along the way, Mother Shrew encounters one obstacle after another, from a malevolent owl to a herd of restless wild horses to an island humming with angry bees. But she is a mother on a mission and she shall not be deterred.
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The Wall Street Journal said that, in Kenneth Kraegel’s exquisite picture-book fantasy “Wild Honey From the Moon” the illness of a little shrew fires his mother with such determination that she travels from their snug forest cottage to the surface of the moon to procure the medicine that will cure him. Illustrated with deep, rich colors, the tale of Mother Shrew’s journey will lift readers ages 4-8 up and out, imaginatively speaking, while at the same time comforting them, like a cool hand on a hot forehead.
From a starred Kirkus review: Divided into seven heavily illustrated chapters, the story is one that will captivate contemplative and creative young readers. Caregivers may find this to be their next weeklong bedtime story and one that fanciful children will want to hear again and again.
Wild Honey from the Moon is a Junior Library Guild selection.