“A little too odd to fully enjoy, yet somewhat humorous and refreshing.”
As a baby girl floats down a river in a basket, two wolves spot her and agree it’s best to save her, take her home, and raise her as their own (though one wolf was hoping to eat her, the other said they would nourish and teach her). One day, the girl spots other human children for the first time, sitting outside reading books. When she tells her wolf parents, they let her go to join the other kids at school, though the story ends with the reassurance that she’ll returns home at the end of each day. This existential story is lined with philosophic commentary through the different wolf parents—one thinking about right and wrong, the other thinking about dinner. With elements reminiscent of The Jungle Book and the Bible’s story of Moses, the refreshing oddity of Proimos’ tale veers to an unpredictable ending with the theme of growing up and going to school while successfully exhibiting the overarching thematic primal fears of children growing up and leaving their parents. Abbot’s illustrations are colorful and appealing, though somewhat simple, and wonderfully convey the child’s personality through her facial expressions. The distinguishing factor of humor and peculiarity are also what leave the book wanting, making it an interesting read that’s a little too unusual to become a favorite.
This sweet-natured bedtime book proves that a family is wherever you find love.
When two wolves see a baby floating down a river, what do they do? Why, they take the baby home. Over the moon with joy, they nourish and teach her. And when that baby grows into a child, she and the wolves know that she will be ready to make her way in the world. Because when a child is loved, she has everything she needs.
• A classic fairy-tale premise told with warmth and an inclusive sensibility for all types of families to enjoy • A touching read-aloud books for families, caregivers, and classroom storytime • James Proimos has written and/or illustrated over 20 critically lauded children’s books.
This gently humorous story shows that families come in many forms, and that love is about both holding on and letting go.
Fans of Finn’s Feather, Wild, and Wolfie the Bunnie will find Over the Moon a delightful tale for all ages.
Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.
Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.
The girl ends up going to school by the end of the book. What part of school do you think she was most excited about? What are you most excited about when you get to start school, or what is your favorite part of school if you already attend?
This story shows that family means love, even if your family doesn’t look like everyone elses’. Why do you love your family?
Zoey Abbott lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and kids. Her first two books, Finn’s Feather by Rachel Noble (Enchanted Lion Books) and Twindergarten by Nikki Ehrlich (Harper Collins) will publish in 2017. Zoey loves telling stories and making things with her hands. Visit her at www.zoeyink.com.
To the river that brought me here
For my parents, all four of them. And for my wolf mothers Kuniko, Masako & Shihan
“In addition to being beautiful, the pictures are often hilarious: One spread shows the girl and one of the wolves lifting their legs next to trees in the forest, a goofy image sure to make children and adults laugh. The text is stark and lyrical, and Proimos is particularly adept at using poetic devices like repetition to make the words sing.”