The Wind on the Moon by Eric LinklaterWinner of the Carnegie Medal
In the English village of Midmeddlecum, Major Palfrey asks his two daughters to behave themselves while he is off at war. Sighs Dinah, I think that we are quite likely to be bad, however hard we try not to be, and her sister Dorinda adds helpfully, Very often, when we think we are behaving well, some grown-up person says we are really quite bad. Its difficult to tell which is which. Sure enough, the mischievous sisters soon convince a judge that minds must be changed as often as socks, stage an escape from the local zoo (thanks to a witchs potion which turns them into kangaroos), and—in the company of a golden puma and silver falcon—set off to rescue their father from the tyrant of Bombardy. A tale of hilarity and great adventure, The Wind on the Moon is also a work of high seriousness; after all, life without freedom, as the valiant puma makes clear, is a poor, poor thing.
The Wind on the Moon
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Here's a poem about the wind trying to bully the moon. It's very gusty and fun, and we think particularly kid-friendly. He was a friend of Lewis Carrol - author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and said to be an influence on him. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I know several blustery folk like that wind, who think all their hot air is actually affecting others. Uncaring of their ferocity. This story is so not my type because you would think the moon would have done something to the wind.
The Wind on the Moon: A story for children is a fantasy novel by Eric Linklater , published by Macmillan in with illustrations by Nicholas Bentley. The American division Macmillan US published an edition in the same year. They pursue magical, bizarre, or dangerous experiences. A "wind on the moon" is said to be the cause, "making them behave badly for a year". Linklater won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association , recognizing the year's best children's book by a British subject. Major Palfrey is off to war. He warns his two daughters, Dinah and Dorinda, that while he is away they must behave themselves: "When there is wind on the moon, you must be very careful how you behave.
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I recently came across a great poem about the Wind and Moon and soon after found a tale about the same subjects. It seemed fitting to post them together. You stare In the air Like a ghost in a chair, Always looking what I am about; I hate to be watched; I will blow you out. The Wind blew hard, and out went the Moon. He turned in his bed; she was there again! On high In the sky, With her one ghost eye, The Moon shone white and alive and plain. The Wind blew hard, and the Moon grew dim.
The Wind and the Moon [Friendship] Once upon a time, there were two very good friends who lived together in the shade of a rock. Strange as it may seem, one was a lion and one was a tiger. They had met when they were too young to know the difference between lions and tigers. So they did not think their friendship was at all unusual. Besides, it was a peaceful part of the mountains, possibly due to the influence of a gentle forest monk who lived nearby. He was a hermit, one who lives far away from other people. For some unknown reason, one day the two friends got into a silly argument.
In utter utter stillness Your candle shivers out. In utter stillness A giant marquee Booms and flounders past you Like a swan at sea. In utter utter stillness While you stand in the street A squall of hen and cabbages Knocks you off your feet. In utter utter stillness While you stand agog A tearing twisting sheet of pond Clouts you with a frog. A camp of caravans suddenly Squawks and takes off. A ferris wheel bounds along the skyline Like a somersaulting giraffe.