The Moon Saw It All
by Nancy Young
Illustrations: Nadia Komorova
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publication: August 13th 2013
Source: Received from publisher
in exchange for an honest review
Ever wonder what animals do after dark? They dance the night away at a critter ball thrown for one and all!
Children revel in a dreamy moonlit world where bobcats sing soulful songs, javelina click hooves on tortoise shell roofs and coatimundis drum right along at a critter ball thrown for one and all in Nancy L. Young’s picture book, The Moon Saw It All.
“I wanted to create a magical world that stimulates children’s senses and imaginations,” says Young. “And even though it is pure fantasy, it fills their heads with positive messages of friendship and an appreciation for nature.”
“Even very young children can experience stress these days or become overstimulated by the days’ activities,” adds Linda F. Radke of Five Star Publications, Inc., who was a special education instructor before going into the publishing business. “Reading The Moon Saw It All before bedtime or naps can have a calming effect, helping children relax and drift off into a safe slumber, filled with music, dance and a celebration of nature.”
Having relocated to Arizona from New Mexico as a child in 1950 and living most of her life in the Grand Canyon State, Young is what locals affectionately refer to as a “semi-native” Arizonan. She has called several Arizona cities and towns home including Tucson, Phoenix, the copper mining town of Hayden and Payson. She currently resides in Aravaipa Canyon next to Aravaipa Creek with her husband of 43 years.
Although The Moon Saw It All is her first children’s book, it’s not the first time Young’s work has been published. Her childhood poems, The Arizona Desert, It’s Springtime in this Country and A lonely Shepherd’s Tale were all printed in the Durango newspaper.
Kids Corner: Storytime Vlog
Hi there! It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve done a Kids Corner story. I guess that’s what happens when you get busy with summer activities. I hope your summer has been just as eventful and that the kids are excited about going back to school, as well as the parents. 😉
The Moon Saw it All is a super cute tale about what animals do after the sun goes down, when everyone else is sleeping. They dance and sing, howl and prance, and have a great time socializing with other animals. The illustrations are stunning! I am always impressed by Nadia Komorova’s work. Having pictures that are vivid and eye-catching in a children’s book is crucial, as anyone with children knows. I think I was actually a bit distracted by how beautiful the pictures are, as I stumbled a few times during the reading. Ha!
The highest recommendation from us for kids ages 4 to 8.
About the Author
Writing poetry has been Nancy Lee Young’s life-long passion and her poems continue to reflect her love of nature and wildlife. Although The Moon Saw It All is Young’s first children’s book, it’s not the first time her work has been published. Her childhood poems, The Arizona Desert, It’s Springtime in this Country and A Lonely Shepherd’s Tale were edited by Milford Shields, Poet Laureate of Colorado and appeared in the Singing San Juan column of the Durango-Cortez Herald.
Born in New Mexico, Nancy spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona. When she was 4-years-old, her father became curator of large mammals at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Trailside Museum – now known as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Infant animals were frequently brought into the family’s home to be cared for, trained, and tamed to go on display at the museum. Nancy and her sister and brother helped care for the animals, that included a mountain lion cub named Elsie, baby bobcats, raccoons, a Mexican wolf pup, a badger, reptiles, birds, and more. Young’s proximity to the museum’s wildlife quite likely planted the seed for her early appreciation for animals.
Living most of her life in the Grand Canyon State, Young is what locals affectionately refer to as a “semi-native” Arizonan. In addition to Tucson, she has called several other Arizona towns and cities home and she and her husband now live beside Aravaipa Creek in beautiful Aravaipa Canyon – a magical place that inspired her to write The Moon Saw It All. In addition to writing poetry, Young enjoys bird watching, hiking, gardening, and tutoring her granddaughters, that includes teaching them how to appreciate and respect all things of nature.
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