Where: Mount Prospect Public Library
Monday, November 14-Sunday, December 11
Give the Gift of Reading this holiday season by bringing new unwrapped books for local children in need, ages 6 and younger. Donations of books in English and Spanish are greatly appreciated. [...]
By spending time talking about a name, we are calling attention to the connection between spoken word and print. In this story, Thunder Boy Jr. doesn’t like his name and wants a new one. It is the tradition in some communities that when you get older, you get a new name to show something you’ve done or what people hope you will do. Talk to your child about what he/she would like their new name to be. Write this name on a piece of paper and ask your child to draw you a picture.
Every year the villagers in the Protectorate sacrifice a baby to the “evil” witch of the forest. And every year, this witch (who isn’t evil at all) wonders why these crazy people abandon their babies. Before the child can be torn to bits by wild animals, the witch, whose name is Xan, rescues it and delivers it to a deserving family on the other side of the forest. This continues until one year Xan accidentally feeds the baby moonlight which turns the ordinary child into an extraordinary child filled with dangerous magic. This means Xan must raise the child, whom she names Luna, herself. For a while she is able to bind Luna’s magic but as Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches her magic begins to return with dangerous results. And what about Luna’s biological mother? Maybe she didn’t abandon her baby as Xan first thought. What will happen when Luna gets her magic back?
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head