What the Moon Said
Fans of the Little House books will fall in love with Esther. Thanks to her superstitious mother, Esther knows some tricks for avoiding bad luck: toss salt over your left shoulder, never button your shirt crooked, and avoid black cats. But even luck can't keep her family safe from the Great Depression. When Pa loses his job, Esther's family leaves their comfy Chicago life behind for a farm in Wisconsin. Living on a farm comes with lots of hard work, but that means there are plenty of opportunities for Esther to show her mother how helpful she can be. She loves all of the farm animals (except the mean geese) and even better makes a fast friend in lively Bethany. But then Ma sees a sign that Esther just knows is wrong. If believing a superstition makes you miserable, how can that be good luck? Debut author Gayle Rosengren brings the past to life in this extraordinary, hopeful story.
- Hardback | 217 pages
- 145 x 211 x 25mm | 340g
- 02 Apr 2014
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- New York, NY, United States
- Illustrations, black and white
"Rosengren's depiction of the Great Depression from a child's perspective rings true . . . Sensitive and engaging." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "It's easy to root for Esther, who makes the most of each day, wants little, and gives much." --Publishers Weekly A Junior Library Guild Selection
About Gayle Rosengren
Gayle Rosengren grew up in Chicago and lives near Madison, Wisconsin. A school librarian for many years, she now writes full-time. Her mother's move from the city to a farm during the Great Depression helped inspire Esther's story.