Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Moon Saw It All - Book Review

"You may have tangible wealth untold/Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold/Richer than you can never be/I had a mother who read to me. 
                                 ~Strickland Gillilan

Title:  The Moon Saw It All
Author:  Nancy L. Young
Illustrator:  Nadia Komorova

 Visually this book is stunning.  The artwork is beautiful, detailed and enchanting.  The soft, hazy hues and tones radiate magic, making a perfect mood for a nighttime, animal soiree and an unforgettable bedtime story.  The poetic tale weaves words of wonder and awe as the critters gather together to party under the watchful eye of the moon.

Differences are set aside and the diverse spectrum of animal characters let loose on the glittery, sandy, dance floor as they get down to the music of the ringtailed band.  Creative dance steps, imaginative instruments and musical memories transpire as everyone attending finds their mojo and dances long into the night.  With the breaking of dawn, the animals disperse, moving off into their regular life patterns once again.  As the moon passes the light baton to the sun and disappears from the night sky, I am sure he is happy and smiling because he has indeed, seen it all!  This is truly a gorgeous book, both from an aesthetic perspective and a literary one.  A wonderful valued bonus for parents, teachers, and librarians is the inclusion of a curriculum guide which is very comprehensive and educational.  A book you would be very proud to own and include in your "best book" collection.                             

About the Author:

Writing Poetry is Nancy Lee Young's life long passion.  This is her first published book.  Born In New Mexico, she spent her childhood in Tucson, Arizona. She lives with her husband beside Aravaipa Creek in beautiful Aravaipa Canyon- the magical place that inspired her to write The Moon Saw It All. She also loves to bird watch, hike, garden and tutor her two granddaughters, which includes teaching them how to appreciate and respect all things of nature.

About the Illustrator: 

Nadia was born in Czechoslovakia and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia.  She received instructions in classical piano also.  She uses traditional medium, as well as the digital approach in her work.  Her artwork is very beautiful to behold.

Book Review Rating:     9   (Close to Perfection!)

Read on and read always!

                   My review copy was compliments of Five Star Productions and I thank them.

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