By Joyce Dunbar
(Doubleday UK, Hardcover, 9780385605892, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 26, 2006
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Moonchild was blowing bubbles. Big, pearly moon bubbles they were, floating off into outer space.
Some burst upon the spikes of stars. Some floated all the way to earth and burst wherever they landed.
A Moonchild blows a bubble that pops on an Earth baby and surrounds him in silence. His parents, a King and Queen, are devastated when they realize that their baby cannot hear or speak. But a Moonbird teaches the little prince how to use his hands and eyes to communicate. This is a beautifully told story, exquisitely illustrated by Jane Ray.
Joyce Dunbar, who is profoundly deaf, is a widely respected author of more than fifty books for children. Her Mouse and Mole series has been adapted for television and her lyrical re-telling of the Nativity story, This is the Star, received widespread critical acclaim.
Jane Ray is well known internationally for her instantly recognizable style. Her first picture book A Balloon for Grandad was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Prize.