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In the light of the moon : thirteen lunar tales from around the world illuminating life's mysteries
Edwards, Carolyn McVickar.
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New York : Marlowe & Co. ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2003]

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172 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
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GR625 .E37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Throughout the year, as it moves inexorably through its phases, the moon is a source of wonder, inspiration, and knowledge for countless sky watchers. Now In the Light of the Moon, a companion to Carolyn Edwards' popular collection of stories about the winter solstice, presents thirteen lunar tales from around the world. Organized into four sections corresponding to the waxing, full, waning, and dark moons, the book collects stories from Australia, Britain, ancient Egypt, the Maya, Korea, Polynesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, and the Amazon, among other lands and peoples. By seeking to explain the origins and cycles of Earth's nearest neighbor and our relation to it, each story entertains, instructs, and inspires curiosity about the eternal mysteries of the natural world. Perfect for Halloween and October's Hunter's Moon, In the Light of the Moon's spirited collection of fascinating stories are also wonderful for any time of year.

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Library Journal Review

Complementing the author's The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice, this wonderful collection of stories focuses on the mythology of the moon. Teacher and storyteller Edwards has divided the stories into four sections responding to the moon's phases (waxing, full, waning, and dark) and introduces each story with useful information on its culture of origin. These cultures range widely, from Australia, Egypt, and the Amazon to India, Korea, and Sri Lanka, to name a few. The book concludes with "Songs for the Moon: Set to Familiar Tunes," followed by "Ideas for Group or Solitary Ritual for Every Phase of the Moon" and a thorough bibliography. Similar to Lynn Moroney's children's book, Moontellers: Myths of the Moon from Around the World, but designed to appeal to a broader audience, this thoughtful and insightful collection is recommended for public libraries and all academic folklore collections.-Eloise R. Hitchcock, Middle Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Murfreesboro (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.