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Rabbit and the Moon

Illustrated by Leslie Baker
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In this adaptation of a Native American folktale, Douglas Wood’s storyteller flair and Leslie Baker’s watercolor paintings animate the tale of how Rabbit made it to the moon.

Rabbit has always dreamed of going to the moon, but try as he might, he simply cannot jump high enough. But one day, all of Rabbit’s hopes come true when his friend Crane offers to fly him there. On their journey up, Rabbit holds on so tight to Crane’s legs that by the time they reach the moon, Rabbit’s paws are bloody and Crane’s legs have stretched! After their journey, when Rabbit pats Crane on the head in thanks, he stains Crane’s feathers.

To this day, Crane still walks on long legs and wears a red headdress. And if you look carefully at the full moon, you can still see Rabbit up there, riding across the night sky.

Douglas Wood is the author of A Quiet Place as well as the New York Times bestselling Can’t Do series. His books Old Turtle and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth were both international bestsellers. He lives in a cabin in the woods of Minnesota. A studied naturalist, Douglas shares his knowledge of nature as a wilderness guide. Visit him at DouglasWood.com.

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