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Under a Silver Moon [Paperback]

Anne Fine
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2 Feb 2012
In a hot, faraway land, two baby boys are born under the same silver moon: Haroun, the son of the sultan, and Akil, the son of the gardener. As children they play together until one day Haroun has to learn princely ways. He is waited on hand and foot and all he can do for himself is eat, so every day he eats more and more and grows bigger and bigger. No doctors can offer a cure. But one day a hooded stranger tells Haroun that if he digs the garden he will find a key that will give him good health. After weeks of hard toil, Haroun doesn't find the key, but he does lose weight, and finds health and happiness once more.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406319244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406319248
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Fine leads a double life as an author. Of her eight novels for adult readers, she describes seven as black comedies and the first, The Killjoy, as simply 'dead black'. These adult novels cause readers to squirm with mingled horror and delight as she peels away the layers in all too familiar family relationships, exposing the tangled threads and conflicts beneath. It's therefore perhaps not surprising that Anne has openly expressed astonishment at the fact that murder in the domestic setting is not more common.
A great favourite for discussions in reading groups, Anne Fine's work has been published in over forty-five languages. Despite this, she remains best known in her home country, Britain, as a writer principally for children. She has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Awards, the Guardian Children's Book Prize and numerous other prizes and awards. She was the second Children's Laureate from 2001-3, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature.
Anne Fine is an entertaining and engaging speaker on the subject of books and reading, and is in demand the world over for her tireless enthusiasm, common sense approach to literacy, and for the deliciously wicked humour that permeates all her writing.
Find out more about Anne's dual lives at www.annefine.co.uk

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"A moral tale that has the direct simplicity of a Tolstoyan fable, but with a vital helping of humour as an additional element. A short, brilliant book - in fact, a true gem." (Carousel)"

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Will Prince Haroun find the key to good health?

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By Candy Gourlay VINE VOICE
This book is absolutely gorgeous - from the matt hardback cover with silver foil lettering to the pencil strokes of debut illustrator Lotte Klaver. The story by Anne Fine is thoughtful and delicious to read aloud, with a beating heart that leaves you thinking about friendship and privilege and who is the lucky one.

It's about two friends - a gardener's son and a prince, at first separated by the ridiculous rules of status, and then brought back together by a magical promise that turns out not so magical after all.

The simplicity of the language, the short chapters, the fairy tale like storytelling bely a complex emotional core. This is a story for children too old for picture books but not ready to let go just yet, it's a story to be shared by a parent who is not ready to give up reading aloud, and a child who is not ready to read on his or her own. The book itself as an object, is tactile and special. And watch out for Lotte Klaver - these drawings are beautiful and will bear looking at over and over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 16 Dec 2013
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A gentle pleasing story to read to children and introduce discussions on the values in life and the importance of friendships.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story 18 Mar 2013
By madamej
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A beautiful story of friendship between a prince and his gardener' s son. It can be interpreted on so many levels and is set in a lovely eastern back drop. I bought it as an educational resource as it can be used to discuss topics of eastern lifestyle, class distinction, food, customs and wider issues of obesity and exercise. Truly beautiful!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok 6 Jan 2013
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A nice little story suitable for a six or seven year old. It's not all that long, though, and would better be contained in a wider anthology of stories. This makes it expensive for what it is. I bought it because it was highly recommended by a national newspapers in a review of children's books.
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