Niamh Clune

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The Wolf Blood Moon

We all know there is something marvellous and mysterious about the great bright orb that illuminates the night sky.

I remember as a child gazing up at the moon, never believing adults who said it was made of cheese. I couldn’t bear the thought of it being eaten. I did, however, wonder if there was a girl in the moon. What sort of house did she live in? Was she lonely? How did she get there? What did she do all day? What did she look like? Was she ever coming home? Would she fall out of the sky?
gazing at moon

Gazing at the Moon

Such imaginings inspire an early yearning for answers as well as a sense of emotional engagement in the world about us. My young thoughts were philosophical in nature: I see the moon, does the moon see me? Is there another me, looking down on me at exactly this moment, wondering the same things I am wondering now? Am I also out there, in the universe? I experienced a strong sense of duality, of something out there other than me: guardianship and a sense of safety. No wonder the moon has inspired such poetry through the ages and is a very effective image for the telling of bedtime stories. Such questions inspired such a story, written for my granddaughter.

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When the princess of the golden moon falls out of the sky, she worries that she will never find her way back home. Gilda hears her crying in the forest. The princess has never seen water before, the girls have a lovely adventure discovering its nature. The princess hopes that if she follows the shimmering stream which threads through the forest, it will lead her home. Will she find her way back home to her mother-the-moon?

In another bedtime story, The ‘Airy Who Found Her ‘F’, Isabel-the-‘Airy is afraid of everything. Soon, she must go in search of her ‘F’. Only then, will she become a fully fledged fairy. But will she be too afraid to try? She must leap onto the fox-glove, but will the fox eat her? She must leap onto the dandelion, but will the dandelion eat her?  After leaping onto many different terrifying things that turn out not to be frightening at all, she must go with the moon-bunny to the moon where she finds her wings and becomes a fully-fledged fairy.

The 'Airy Who Found Her 'F' Bedtime Story about overcoming fear:

This particular full moon is known as a Full Wolf Moon, probably because at this time of the year, folklore tells us that wolves howl outside villages. Across the U.S. moon enthusiasts will be able to witness a total lunar eclipse. Earth’s shadow will sweep over the lunar surface giving it a reddish tinge, turning it into a “blood moon.” This eclipse will be known as a “super blood wolf moon.”
My Amazing Alphabet Adventure:
My nod to this great celestial event is to mention that you can find my wolf howling at the moon in my personalised children’s book: Find My Name in the Alphabet Train
Happy mysterious and magical full moon adventures in the new year! Let’s never forget to story-weave with our children so that their imaginations have room to flourish.


About Dr Niamh Children's Books

I spent many an early morning dancing to the tunes of the little people. Very soon, they began to trust me, (Fairies seldom trust humans, as humans do very strange things to fairies and to fairyland), but I could dance a fine jig, pirouette often, sing a long song and recite a poem, all of which is of very great interest to fairies. They taught me some of their ancient secrets about bees and butterflies, worms and magic bears who know such an awful lot about everything. They also taught me secrets about science and the sky, and how to grow up into someone who is wise (wise enough to still believe in fairies). I like to share some of those mysteries with boys and girls (and grown-ups who still have magic in them) who are inquisitive but can also keep a secret. Sssssssssh! Promise you won’t tell anyone… Are you ready? Now listen well, to the stories I will tell…

2 comments on “The Wolf Blood Moon

  1. Darlene
    January 21, 2019

    Happy New Year, Niamh!! May you have a fun year full of wonder and stories.

    Liked by 1 person

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