Thursday, October 11, 2012

Solstice Moon Solstice Sun, book review and giveaway

I am so excited to share with you all a beautiful new children's book by a local mother and daughter team...

Solstice Moon Solstice Sun
by Maire Durkan and illustrated by her daughter, Ellen Durkan

As an herbalist, I feel a deep connection to the changes in the landscape with the season's of the year. I love to find children's books that acknowledge these changes and also portray the beauty and mystery of the seasonal dance. Solstice Moon Solstice Sun illustrates that dance with the story of a young owl and it's mother as she explains the deeper meaning of winter's darkness and the lengthening of the days with the sun's returning...

"Don't fret little owlet, please don't be forlorn. The old year passes and a new year is born. For on this longest darkest night, our dark, cold woods turns back towards light."

The creators state that Solstice Moon Solstice Sun "fulfills a need for well written, beautifully illustrated stories that help children dream, wonder, explore, and love the natural beauty all around them—even in the midst of a city. For what they love, they will fight to preserve and protect." I couldn't agree more. Too many of us are disconnected from our natural environments, both physically and phsychologically. Children, growing up in protected environments, surrounded by electronic devices, loose a connection to the tangible, aliveness of Nature that exists beyond their doors. We all owe every breath, every bit of food, clothing, shelter, heck even all our electronic devices to our living mother earth. Everything, including our very bodies, come from her. To recognize and honor that connection begins to fill a void in us, a longing for deeper meaning. When we allow our children to make that connection, they get it so quickly. And children who grow up understanding this connection will not so easily, so callously, destroy what they know in their hearts keeps them alive.

I love the simplicity of this book, it's beauty and the shear delight in the wonder of the natural world. It is also one of very few children's books to weave in the old Yule story with the inclusion of the Holly King welcoming the babe who marks the return of the sun with the winter solstice. I look forward to adding this story to our special basket of winter books that I bring out every year.

To learn more about Solstice Moon Solstice Sun, or to order a copy, go to Brigid's Hearth Press . (Right now the creators have posters and cards of the beautiful artwork for sale, but the books will be available in just a few days.)

Maire and Ellen have also agreed to do a special giveaway of a signed, limited edition poster of one of these beautiful illustrations. To enter, leave a comment on this post, and get a second chance by going to the Solstice Moon Solstice Sun facebook page and clicking "like".
A winner will be selected next week.

"Though  cold  and  frost  and  snow  hold  sway, hope  and  light  are  born  today."

What a wonderful story to share with our children as we move again into the dark turning of our year. 

Congratulations to Shannon Burns! She is the winner of the giveaway. Shannon, Maire will be contacting you about your print. Thanks to everyone who participated.


  1. Wow, this book looks wonderful. It would be a wonderful Yule/Christmas gift for several children I know. (and maybe some grown ups, too)

  2. this is simply gorgeous! I too have been searching for meaningful words and illustrations to share with my children about the wheel of the year. So very apt for where we are at. There are not so many about.

    Thank you for sharing! Much love X

  3. Looks like a lovely lovely book!!

  4. It's a wonderful story and the artwork is fantastic! I've ordered through kickstarter and will likely buy more to give as gifts. Can't wait to see the next ones!

  5. I love this!
    I went to their website and purchased a "Merry Yule" card (of the four seasons-tree) for my Nephews and Nieces.
    A lovely gift, I found them at

  6. This book looks absolutely gorgeous!! Can't wait to add it to our collection.

  7. What an extraordinary book! I can't wait to read it with my boys. Thank you for sharing it and for offering this give-away!


  8. As a novice illustrator myself I am very drawn to this book, simply beautiful.

  9. I am so excited for them! Beautiful Marie is a coven sister of mine and I am a fellow fantasy artist! Amazing work ladies~ Love and light~ Almalphia **Wen**

  10. Thanks for all of the support! I'm doing the drawing for the book today! I will let April know who won :D Blessings.