What better way to welcome the changing of the seasons and the time of harvest than with a Harvest Soiree full of music, dancing, food and friends? In "Possum's Harvest Moon" by Ann Hunter, Possum believes a celebration is in order when he wakes up one evening to see the biggest, brightest, yellowest moon he has ever laid eyes on.
He prepares his home for the party and sets off throughout his woodland neighborhood to invite all of his forest friends to this special party under the moonlight. Unfortunately, the frogs, crickets, raccoon and all the others have more important things to do than stay up all night partying. There are all sorts of preparations that need to be made for the coming months of cold and darkness.
However, as soon as the Harvest Moon is high enough in the sky for everyone to see, Possum's forest friends quickly change their minds. They decide their tasks in preparing for winter can be delayed for a few hours. Possum's celebration of the full moon and the changing of the seasons is a big success with everyone!
The charming illustrations and adorable story will have young children asking to have "Possum's Harvest Moon" (HMH Books for Young Readers, 1998) read to them again and again. The story could also be the starting point for discussing the preparations animals must make to survive through the cold winter months. It could even be the inspiration for a harvest Moon Soiree of your own.
Although the Harvest Moon of 2013 has already passed (a Harvest Moon is so named because it is a full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox), there will be another full moon on Oct. 18. Even though this is technically not a Harvest Moon, there is no reason one can't gather with friends and family around a campfire to celebrate the autumn season with a Moon Soiree.
Other books by Ann Hunter include "Possum and the Peeper," "Loon Baby" and "What's Under the Log?"