Wild Honey from the Moon

Kenneth Kraegel

Wild Honey from the Moon
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Wild Honey from the Moon

Kenneth Kraegel

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.

Review

This gorgeous, full-colour chapter book is an utter delight. It features the unusual character of a Mother Shrew whose son has a cold head, hot feet and will not stop sleeping. She reads a medical book that advises ‘wild honey from the moon’ for his symptoms and so, gathering up her umbrella, she begins a journey to search for his cure. She is a mother on a mission and will not be stopped, whether the hindrance be owls, bees or other strange creatures of the night.

The ink and watercolour illustrations are exquisite and there is much for the eyes to engage with on the page. The story of the great determination and love of a mother for her child is a particularly comforting one for young readers. This is a beautiful bedtime story for ages 5+ to read or be read to.


Angela Crocombe is the manager of Readings Kids.

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