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|Wild honey from the moon|
Author: Kraegel, Kenneth
An unflappable mother shrew will stop at nothing to find a cure for her ailing young son--even traveling to the moon.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/19)
School Library Journal (11/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/15/2019 Young Hugo Shrew is ailing, and his determined mother's convinced that only a dose of wild honey from the moon will cure him. She sets off into the night, outwitting a great horned owl who would like to eat her; calming a stampeding herd of night mares; accepting nectar and a ride from a great vale of butterflies; and silencing a swarm of angry worker bees to gain admittance to the Garden of the Queen Bee. There, after an exchange of maternal feelings, the Queen sends Mother Shrew home on a moonbeam with a pot of honey. Kraegel's detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations call to mind Sergio Ruzzier and feature colorful, anthropomorphic animals engaged in a variety of activities. The shrew's neighborhood includes numerous tiny houses suspended from trees and connected with rope ladders that serve as sidewalks. The moonscapes are equally inviting: a colorful meadow filled with butterflies and flowers, and an equally verdant bee garden. Arranged in seven mini-chapters, this is a fanciful acknowledgement of the limitless devotion of mothers to their offspring. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2019 K-Gr 2—When her beloved only son falls ill and seems unable to recover, Mother Shrew researches his illness and discovers that the only cure is "wild honey from the moon." And so she locks the door behind her and sets off to acquire some. Along the way, she meets a hungry owl, whom she tricks into flying her to the moon, and a stampede of "night mares," whom she soothes with some motherly direction and advice. When she finally reaches the home of the Queen Bee and the source of wild honey, Mother Shrew finds a sympathetic fellow mother who commiserates on the challenges of parenting. While the story itself is simple and somewhat unremarkable, it's the whimsical, gorgeously detailed ink-and-watercolor pictures that stand out. From the charming tree house community where Mother Shrew lives to the mesmerizing patterns of the Queen Bee's garden, readers of all ages will delight in studying the intricate world Kraegel evokes. VERDICT This ode to determined mothers is a solid addition to most collections, particularly where beginning chapter books are in demand.—Kristy Pasquariello, Westwood Public Library, MA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.