The Moon Cake Festival approaches.
Over here in Singapore, we're preparing for the mid-autumn celebration. (It falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month ... so it's 30th September this year.) More on that next week.
This week, I want to share a picture book that involves a child and his friend, the Moon.
Across the slowly quieting town they walk, spotting nocturnal creatures, strolling under clouds wispy as lace, and passing by neighbourhood dogs that form 'a train-whistle choir.'
They also encounter night crawlers, rust-bellied robins and smooth waters under a bridge. Their journey after dark is as enchanting as their friendship is soft. And true.
My favourite lines are:
'We raced for the swings,
where I kicked my feet high
And imagined the Moon had
just asked me to fly,
Hand holding hand through the starry night sky
when I took the Moon for a walk.'
I Took the Moon for a Walk is written in brilliant lyrical verse by Carolyn Curtis and illustrated by one of the greatest artists in our bookish industry, Alison Jay.
I love how the Moon walks the boy home at the end, and both shut their eyes to dream
and dream. Have you come across other enchanting 'Moon' books? (A writer-friend recommended Frank Asch's Happy Birthday, Moon some time ago. I mean to check it out soon ...)
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