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The Night the Moon Fell

Written by Pat Mora

Illustrated by Domi

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888999382
  • 7.630" x 6.250"
  • Reading age from 2 to 5
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Mexico


Publication Date August 01, 2009

A whoosh from her grandfather's blowgun causes Luna, the moon, to tumble from the sky and fall to pieces in the dark ocean. In this beautifully retold Maya legend, the moon must come to her own rescue, enlisting the help of little fish to glue her back together.


Pat Mora

Through her writing for all ages, presenting, and advocacy, Pat enjoys sharing what she calls bookjoy. The author of more than thirty-five award-winning children’s books, as well as poetry and nonfiction for adults and young people, Pat is also a literacy advocate. In 1996, she founded Children’s Day, Book Day / El día de los niños, El día de los libros. Many cultures have traditions for honoring their loved ones. In her recent book, The Remembering Day / El Día de los Muertos, Pat imagines how this custom may have started in Mexico. Other recent children’s books include Water Rolls, Water Rises / El agua rueda, el agua sube and two books with her daughter Libby Martinez, I Pledge Allegiance and Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! Among her other children’s books, many available in Spanish or bilingual editions, are The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe; her haiku collection Yum! / ¡MmMm! ¡Qué rico! and Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart.

Domi's wonderful illustrations appear in many children's books, including the Napí titles by Antonio Ramírez; The Night the Moon Fell (La noche que se cayó la luna) and The Race of Toad and Deer (La carrera del sapo y el venado) by Pat Mora; The Girl from Chimel, The Honey Jar and The Secret Legacy by Rigoberta Menchú; and The Story of Colors by Zapatista hero Sub-Comandante Marcos. Domi is Mazateca and grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico.


"Mora's a fine poet and her words are simple and immediate." Booklist

"The descriptive masterfully presented and ably extended by Domi's effervescent watercolor illustrations..." School Library Journal