The Vine: January 31, 2014
This was back in the early '80s. I must have been around five when I found the book the first time.
I remember borrowing it from the library for years and far past the point where it was appropriate for my reading level. Were my mother still alive today she'd know the name of the book — alas, that knowledge is now lost to the world, and so I turn to the collective memories of the Nation.
From what I can recall, the story revolved around two children, a boy and a girl (siblings, cousins?) who have to escape the Moon. I believe the boy may have shot it with an arrow — after being warned not to — and caused it to crash down to the ground. The story from there has them trying to escape the Moon's wrath. I want to say the story was interpreted from folklore — perhaps Central or Native American? I could be completely off-base about the origins of the story, but I know the children were not Caucasian.
What drew me to the book as a child (I was a pretty strange kid) is that it was pretty scary for a children's book. The illustrations were vibrant, albeit of a primitive style, perhaps cut paper? The Moon, in particular, was incredibly scary-looking as it chased the children. I wish I could remember how the children were saved, but it's been so long I am surprised I remember as much as I have already.
I've searched the interwebz from time to time, but finding a specific children's story about the Moon is like trying to find a specific A-B-C book. I'd be tremendously grateful if anyone out there knows what book I'm talking about — or can even vaguely recall the same story and confirm I didn't just dream up an entire swath of childhood memories.
Thanks so much,
Shooting For The Moon
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