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Alphabe Thursday M is for Moon

February 14, 2013

how the moon began

How the moon began ; a tale of Grimm adapted by James Reeves & Edward Ardizzone 

Orlando the marmalade cat

Orlando the marmalade cat ; goes to the moon by Kathleen Hale

The moon on my left Caryl Brahms

The moon on my left by Caryl Brahms

Since beginning the Alphabe Thursday I have collected several alphabet books especially those with notable illustrators.  I recently found one called A is Amazing; poems about feelings edited by Wendy Cooling and illustrated by Piet Grobler.
L for Lonely featured a poem by  James Carter calle the Moon speaks

I, the moon would like it known
I never follow people home.
I simply do not have the time.
And neither do I shine.
For what you often see at night is me reflecting solar light.
And I’m not made of cheese!
No, none of these:
No mozzarellas, cheddars, bries,
All you’ll find here if you please-are my empty seas.
And cows do not jump over me.
Now that is lunacy!
You used to come and visit me.
Oh, do return,
I’m lonely, see.

I and my children have experienced separation. During one particularly difficult time my son hoped that the moon he was seeing during the night was also looking down at me.  I assured him this was right and this made things a little better.  He now has children of his own and probably doesn’t remember this insecurities of old.
For me however it was a revelation that the moon was not shining and we were not seeing the same reflecting solar light!
Oh dear the man in the moon was such a comfort!


Astronomy with an opera-glass by Garrett P. Serviss


13 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2013 12:14 pm

    I adore the moon! It’s truly magnificent isn’t it?! When I was little my mum and I would always say to each other ‘I love you to the moon and back.’ 🙂 I loved that saying!

  2. February 14, 2013 1:11 pm

    Though many people love the sun, for me it is the moon that makes my heart swoon!

  3. February 14, 2013 3:08 pm

    Beautiful and Charming illustrations of the moon.

    • February 14, 2013 3:22 pm

      Yes, I am pleased with them; images of the moon I need. Romance is good! Realistic waste lands are not so much fun _/\_ x

  4. February 14, 2013 7:06 pm

    I am a big fan of the moon…

    Sometimes it is so big up here that I just sit and stare at it…

    • February 14, 2013 7:24 pm

      I bet you could touch it too … and taste the cheese. What a thrill _/\_ xx

  5. February 15, 2013 12:02 am

    I love those vintage illustrations in children’s books. My favorite stories are the fables found there. Well, I am the storybeader… {:-Deb

    • February 15, 2013 5:41 am

      Thank you! I Visited you and your blog we have some things in common it was a delight!

  6. domesstique permalink
    February 15, 2013 2:11 pm

    This is such a great post! I also love the the vintage illustrations. I do love the moon and when I was a kid, I used to think the moon is following me. 🙂 lol

  7. February 25, 2013 7:08 pm

    How marvelous! I love these cool illustrations!

    My children were always mesmerized by moons…in any form!

    Thank you for linking.


    • February 25, 2013 7:13 pm

      Yes it seems the moon more than the sun holds such hope _/\_ xx

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