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Tales by Moons-light: Stories from before the Great Melt


Loved it! 😍

A delightful mix of entertaining stories and thoughtful drawings, which will keep the minds of young ones captivated.

Tales by Moons-light: Stories from before the Great Melt written by Ruthy Ballard is the page-turner your Grade-schooler needs to read! This book is a delightful mix of entertaining stories and thoughtful drawings, which will keep the minds of young-ones captivated.


One of the things I liked best about this book is the mosaic of scientific and philosophical children's literature. The author cleverly weaves tale after tale that veers just beyond the impossible to make the emphatic point that our imaginations are grounds where we can do valid explorations.


While each story is unique, each story is related to the last. Notable is the fact that each tale leaves the reader a little wiser than before it. The accompanying artworks, which are detailed drawings that help move the story along, are also remarkable.


My favorite story is the story of Bai and the people who lived in the Land for All. How entirely relatable that a country like this could exist, and how creative to invent a story that describes the dangers of an unsustainable lifestyle? Well done!


As such, I would recommend this book to every Grade-schooler. It is a mix of entertaining stories and meticulous drawings. The imaginary quality of each tale is exceptional, and the illustrations are impressive!

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In the best tradition of William Steig, Aesop’s Fables and Tales of Beedle the Bard, this second book in Ruthy Ballard’s Tales by Moons-light series spins seven beautifully written tales from a distant, two-mooned planet. Rich in science, yet wonderfully magical, it carries timeless messages for children, and is perfect for bedtime reading, under the covers!

About the author

I am a woman of many hats. By day, I'm “Dr. Ruth Ballard,” a professor and forensic DNA expert. By night, I'm "Ruthy Ballard," a creative sprite, whose passion is building scientific literacy in kids, through masterful storytelling. I write and illustrate science-fantasy books for kids 9-12. view profile

Published on February 18, 2021

Published by WhipSmart Books

20000 words

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

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