by Myla Goldberg. Illustrated by Chris Sheban. (Levine/Scholastic, 2007. ISBN 9780439576864. Order Info.) Picture Book. 40 pages. Grades PreK-3.
The old Fisherwoman has started fishing late at night sending her pet mouse, instead of bait, out with the hook. The mouse brings back a lobster and a tea cup but never what the Fisherwoman is looking for. The fishermen think she has gone mad.
Every month on the new moon she is visited by the moon -- cleverly disguised behind sunglasses. He is trying to understand her strange behavior. As their friendship deepens she reveals that she is sending her mouse (who loves cheese) out to catch the moon in its reflection on the sea. She wants to talk to the moon because the high tides he causes are eating away at the foundations of the fisherpeople's cottages.
Warm, glowing paintings, rich with blues and golds, give this fantasy a dreamy mood. A gentle and endearing story of a woman out to solve a problem in an unorthodox way.
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