REVIEWS FOR CHERRY MOON
” Exquisitely simple poetry about nature with warm, almost vintage print illustrations to accompany, about a plum tree in spring.”
30 BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR 2019 FROM
TODDLERS TO TEENS.
Nicola Christie The Independent April 5, 2019
Zaro Weil and Junli Song
“Sometimes the shortest poems can impart the biggest ideas…
Always mindful of the endangered natural world around us, Cherry Moon is a wonder-filled new poetry collection for children of all ages from poet Zaro Weil who lives in France. Beautifully illustrated throughout with unique and stylish colour illustrations by Junli Song, this creatively packaged book perfectly brings to life the sheer joy of nature in all its many elements.
The collection includes poems with titles such as Wonderfulness, Flicker and flash, Listen Earth, How does the flower open, Dappling sun, and Wild as the Wind, and offers thought-provoking, sensitive and delightfully original little poems and gatherings of words – carefully grouped, separated and partnered – which encourage children to ask the big questions about life and to find their own answers.
At a time when the natural world is in crisis, and healing its wounds is high on every child’s agenda, there is a genuine need to bring nature back into the lives of children through the stories we tell. And Cherry Moon makes an enormous contribution to this, delivering special and accessible poetry for a new generation of readers.
Weil’s poems capture eye-popping moments, tender observations and a thousand whimsical reflections on the sheer joy of the natural world. Thought-provoking, sensitive and delightfully original, Cherry Moon poses big questions about life with poems and other small gatherings of words, encouraging children of every age to explore the power, enchantment and sheer wonder of nature.”
Lancashire Evening Post. May 28, 2019
Cherry Moon – Little Poems Big Ideas Mindful of Nature
Zaro Weil, illus. Junli Song, pub. ZaZaKids Books
The Flower Moon just went by and the Strawberry Moon is coming in June; in between all this I discovered a Cherry Moon as a keepsake!
This Summer we shall delve in the soothing and mindful world of nature poetry by the award-winning poetess Zaro Weil, brilliantly illustrated by Junli Song. The flora and fauna mingling with the human world in a cool night and an atmosphere of nightly festivities greets us on the hardcover of the book with earthy shades of blue, red and white. The theme is set from the beginning and readers are urged to be “where wild things are, and be a part of, well – everything.”
And it begins – the nature trip with Dogwood flowers, snoring dog, bees, blossoms, trees and beasts in the wilderness; under the moon! The River gives its message in a Haiku –
“You’d never guess,
but it’s taken forever
learning to roll
And the Little Pebble with a grateful heart, sings-
“I celebrate ancient earth
I salute ancient wind
I congratulate ancient waters
they made me who I am today.”
This big book of summer joys with over 95 poems is a treat for all ages, with messages of growth, acceptance, environment protection and being mindful about the same.
It beckons us to discover life as it unfolds around us in space and time, twinkling like fairy lights in the dark and fragrant like blossoms. The reader and listeners will rightfully believe, like the Dragonflies –
“As though summer
will never end.”
ARMADILLO MAGAZINE JUNE 2019
…these books will fire up the imagination of younger readers during the summer break, write Emma Dunn and Sarah Mallony
“Explore the changing seasons and the beauty of the natural world in
Cherry Moon: Little Poems, Big Ideas, Mindful of Nature (Troika, £14).
The 100 poems in the collection, all written by Zaro Weil, vary from the most playful to the more reflective, but always display the infectious curiosity and wonder for nature found in young minds. The book is also visually stunning, with bright graphic illustrations from Junli Song, making sharing these poems a joy for all the senses.”
The Scotsman 29 Jun 2019