Accelerated Reader Program Selection
2004 Honor Title, Storytelling World Awards
IRA/CBC Children’s Choices program 2004 Selection
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2004
“Rose Anne St. Romain’s first book is a winner.”
“Like moonlight behind clouds, Rose Anne St. Romain’s sure storytelling voice shines through in this charming Louisiana pourquoi tale.”
--Paul Fleischman, Newbery Award-winning author of Joyful Noise
“A hauntingly beautiful story. A story of the mystery of earth and people. Families will read it over and over. A treasure.”
--Jay O’Callahan, Winter Olympic Bard, NEA Fellow, author, and storyteller
“Superbly interpreted and written by Rose Anne St. Romain, Moon’s Cloud Blanket is a traditional Native American folktale from South Louisiana. . . . Thoughtful color illustrations by Joan C. Waites grace the pages of this lovely and heartfelt picture book story which is especially recommended to children ages 5 to 8.”
--Children’s Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review
“St. Romain, in her first published work, shows that she is a master storyteller with this Native American legend from Louisiana.”
Nestled in the branches of southern cypress and oak trees is a natural wonder with a magical origin. Its story began when a flood raged through the bayous of South Louisiana. There, a mother and her two children sought shelter from a storm in the branches of a cypress tree. Late that night, the mother asked the moon to keep her sleeping children warm. Moon talked to Stars, Stars talked to Clouds, and when these celestial bodies joined forces, they did more than just save one mother and her children. Moon’s Cloud Blanket is a Native American legend from the Houma people of South Louisiana.
About the Author and illustrator
Rose Anne St. Romain has been a professional storyteller since 1982. Her many professional performances include appearances at the first annual Louisiana Book Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the International Reading Association Conference, and Jimmy Buffet’s Internet radio program, The Stories We Could Tell. She has an M.S. in speech communication and an M.L.I.S. in library and information science. She lives in Mansura, Louisiana. This is her first book.
Joan C. Waites has illustrated more than thirty children’s books. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and regularly contributes to Hopscotch and Fun for Kids magazines. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and three children.
MOON’S CLOUD BLANKET
By Rose Anne St. Romain
Illustrated by Joan C. Waites
32 pP. 8½ x 11
31 color illustrations
EAN: 978-1-56554-922-7 hc