By Harriet Ziefert
illustrated by Mark Jones
What happens in the fields of Apple Hill Farm when the farmer goes in for the night? Read By the Light of the Harvest Moon and discover all the magical adventures that happen on crisp, cool evening during the autumnal equinox.
Double-page pastel images by illustrator Mark Jones done in shades of orange, yellow, and red evoke the autumn feel and transport the reader to those chilly fields where the magic takes place. The story is full of details that will make imaginations start to whirl and minds both young and old will begin to wonder what magic could be hiding in the leaves that blow where you live.
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For a healthy snack that is decadent enough for an autumn dessert buffet, try cinnamon graham crackers topped with Pumpkin Pie Dip This no-cook recipe is perfect for little chefs to help prepare.
Young Readers in the Kitchen
Kids can help measure all the ingredients, then top the graham crackers with pumpkin pie dip!
Pumpkin Pie Dip
- 8 ounces fat free cream cheese, softened or at room temperature
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- Combine all ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
Pumpkin Pie Dip Bites
Top squares of graham crackers with generous dollops of pumpkin pie dip. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.
For a full autumn dessert buffet like the one featured in By the Light of the Harvest Moon, add some of the following recipes:
Create your Leaf People just like in the book. Go for a Nature Walk (don't forget your trusty Nature Tote) and collect leaves, seeds, twigs, or anything else that catches your eye, then head back home and glue the treasures into Leaf People like the ones that live on Apple Hill Farm.
For an added challenge, hove your young reader make a leaf self portrait. You could even try making the whole family, including pets!
Harvest Moon Leaf Person
- Autumn treasures from a Nature Walk
- Construction paper
- Crayons or markers
- Lay out the autumn treasures so all the shapes can easily be seen. Piece items together on construction paper to form Leaf People.
- Glue the items down once a desired combination is formed. Use crayons or markers to add details.
Related Activity: Try another autumn art project with Miss Suzy's Oak Tree.
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