The Night the Moon Fell
Written by Pat Mora
Illustrated by Domi
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 is one of the most important American writers for children to have come from the Latino tradition. She is the award-winning author of numerous children's books, including 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, both illustrated by Domi. Founder of Día (El día de los niños / El día de los libros — Children's Day / Book Day), Pat is an honorary member of the American Library Association. She lives in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
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 writing...is masterfully presented and ably extended by Domi's effervescent watercolor illustrations..." School Library Journal