A Moonchild blows a bubble that pops on an Earth baby and surrounds him in silence. He cannot hear or speak. His parents, a King and Queen, are devastated when they realize but a Moonbird teaches the little prince how to use his hands and eyes to communicate. This is a beautifully written story about deafness, sumptuously illustrated by Jane Ray.
“A remarkable story” (The School Librarian)
“When a book is simple and good by the judgement of children, it is very good indeed. Moonbird is just such an extraordinary work. Across pages which have all the splendour of a medieval tapestry, the deaf prince, like a truth telling child from a Wilde fairy tale, teaches the court new and deeper forms of communication” (The Irish Times)
“A beautiful story about deafness” (Laura Lee Davies Junior)
“The illustrations by Jane Ray, with their extravagant characters, turreted cities, stylised gardens, decorative creatures, foliage and hairdos are all exquisitely patterned and delicately and ravishingly coloured” (The Sunday Times)
“A beautiful book to share with all children” (Carousel)
A wonderfully original, imaginative fantasy about deafness.