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Abel's Moon [Paperback]

Shirley Hughes
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5 Sep 2002
Abel Grable's work takes him into remote jungles with only the moon to guide the way. His children love to hear about his moonlit adventures and, when he's back home, he decides to write them down. After he's gone away again, the children use his writing table and transform it into a moon machine to create their own imaginary exploits.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (5 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099265354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099265351
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.

Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

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"Borrow an under five and snuggle up with Shirley Hughes' Abel's Moon - full of internal rhymes and home truths" (The Times)

"Shirley Hughes' longer texts are expressively illustrated and full of rich imagery and language that will encourage more sophisticated listeners and beginner readers" (Daily Telegraph)

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A richly-textured tale about family and storytelling

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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If your name was Abel Grable and your wife's name was Mabel you too would have to get away every now and then.
"Abel's Moon" is set sometime in the 1950's going by the clothes the characters wear. Abel has to leave his family and travel to find work. They are not a prosperous family, the front gate squeaks and the garden is overgrown. There is no TV or video games in this house. Instead they sit around the fire and tell stories. Somehow they look happy!
There are 3 children Adam, Noah and baby Ben, and of course Skipper the dog. The boys know how to entertain themselves, such as playing at being wild animals. Mabel and Ben love dancing to the music on the radio. When Abel is back home he tries to write up the stories of his travels but the noise from the family is too much. He has to go out into the garden to get some peace and quiet in order to work.
Abel's stories about his adventures are full of tales about monkey's swinging through trees, crocodiles in muddy swamps and travelling on riverboats to remote places.
Once again it was time for Abel to set out to find work. The boys missed their Dad very much.
The boys turn the old writing table that Dad had used out in the garden into a camp. They are sure they can hear monkeys in the trees. They then turn the table upside down to make a pretend boat. They paddled it through muddy crocodile infested swamps with only the moon to guide them.
Adam one day decided that the writing table could be turned into a moon machine with the addition of few planks of wood to make some propellers. Under the light of the full moon Adam looked out at the moon machine in his garden.
Adam had a remarkable and profound thought. " He knew that the moon was shining down on him, and Abel too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read 17 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
Im a fan of Shirley Hughes and this is another good story written by her. My 3 year old boy likes the story and so does my class of seven year olds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying 6 Mar 2014
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This is a Lovely story and pictures. We have already read this over and over again with my baby Abel! Good length
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abel's Moon 3 Oct 2000
By Mary Ziller, Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Adam and Noah miss their dad, Abel, when he travels on business. He writes down his travel stories for the family to read while he is away on his next trip. Adam feels connected to his dad when he sees the moon shine because it also shines on his father. Adam and Noah make a moon machine in the back yard and pretend they will fly to their dad and visit him. They plan to share their adventures with Dad on his return. The illustrations depict loving family scenes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story and illustrations 19 Mar 2000
By Heather - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful story about a man who returns home to his family after traveling, guided by the moon. The story is creative, and touching, as the children feel closer to their father when they can look up and see the moon. The educational superb too, since it is a good introduction to what the moon is and why it looks the way it does in the sky.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CROCODILES & MOON MACHINES ---- FATHER & SON FANTASIES 30 Jan 2001
By "hurburgh" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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If your name was Abel Grable and your wife's name was Mabel you too would have to get away every now and then.
"Abel's Moon" is set sometime in the 1950's going by the clothes the characters wear. Abel has to leave his family and travel to find work. They are not a prosperous family, the front gate squeaks and the garden is overgrown. There is no TV or video games in this house. Instead they sit around the fire and tell stories. Somehow they look happy!
There are 3 children Adam, Noah and baby Ben, and of course Skipper the dog. The boys know how to entertain themselves, such as playing at being wild animals. Mabel and Ben love dancing to the music on the radio. When Abel is back home he tries to write up the stories of his travels but the noise from the family is too much. He has to go out into the garden to get some peace and quiet in order to work.
Abel's stories about his adventures are full of tales about monkey's swinging through trees, crocodiles in muddy swamps and travelling on riverboats to remote places.
Once again it was time for Abel to set out to find work. The boys missed their Dad very much.
The boys turn the old writing table that Dad had used out in the garden into a camp. They are sure they can hear monkeys in the trees. They then turn the table upside down to make a pretend boat. They paddled it through muddy crocodile infested swamps with only the moon to guide them.
Adam one day decided that the writing table could be turned into a moon machine with the addition of few planks of wood to make some propellers. Under the light of the full moon Adam looked out at the moon machine in his garden.
Adam had a remarkable and profound thought. " He knew that the moon was shining down on him, and Abel too. It shone down on all the people who loved each other and couldn't always be together, beaming down on each and every one, no matter how far away they were".
With his strong sense of imagination Adam planned that one night soon, he and Noah (and Skipper if he behaved himself) would take off in the moon machine, and drop in on Dad, wherever he was.
Soon Abel would be back home with his family. The boys would then tell Abel all about THEIR adventures.
You get the message that Abel's sons have just as strong sense of imagination as their father does. You guess his crocodile stories may be just as real as Adam's trips in his moon machine.
"Abel's Moon" is a delightful story. The illustrations capture the era and the atmosphere perfectly.
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