Ralph Fletcher; illustrations by Richard Cowdrey
A tiny man named Tor grinds down a dragon’s scale and sprinkles magic dust in the eyes of children to help them sleep. But how does he get the scale to make his special sand? He must venture into the lair of a dragon! Ralph Fletcher and Richard Cowdrey team up to tell this fantastical tale of the legendary Sandman.
Read the review in School Library Journal:
“This fabulous story explains the origins of the Sandman. Tor is a tiny fellow who finds a dragon’s scale. Taking it home to his workshop, he studies it and then starts to sharpen it. The dust that gathers makes him fall asleep. Once awake, it’s a small leap for him to imagine how helpful this dust will be to all who suffer from sleeplessness, especially children. Fletcher’s smoothly written story flows in a thoroughly plausible way and is beautifully served by Cowdrey’s vibrant acrylic paintings. Especially intriguing are the wonderful details, like Tor’s mouse-drawn carriage made out of buttons. The old-fashioned look is refreshingly straightforward, and free of adult-oriented nostalgia. All in all, this is a compelling story with pictures that add drama, charm, and atmosphere.”–Lauralynn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL.
Twilight Comes Twice
by Ralph Fletcher Illustrated by Kate Kiesler
Poetic prose describes dusk and dawn and some of the activities that take place at those special times.Free-verse text describes the transition from day to night and from night to day, revealing the magic in these everyday moments.
Hello, Harvest Moon
by Ralph Fletcher
While tired farmers and their families are in bed, the harvest moon silently climbs into the sky and starts working its magic. For some, it is the nightly signal to rise and shine. It is time to hunt, to work, or to play in the shadows. For a little girl and her cat, it is an invitation to enjoy the wonders of the night and a last flood of light before the short days of winter set in. With an evocative text and radiant illustrations, this companion to Twilight Comes Twice offers a glimpse of nature’s nightlife long after bedtime.