In my award-winning fiction picture book How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Sylvan Dell, hardback 2006, paperback 2007), the sun bullies the moon, and the moon's feelings are so badly hurt that she shrinks. The moon turns to a comet and her friends on earth, who comfort her, and she regains her full shape and self-esteem. Influenced by Native American legends and rituals, How the Moon Regained Her Shape emphasizes the importance of self-confidence and friendship, and it gives children a model for dealing with bullies.
Janet gives an overview of the book:
Janet Ruth Heller is a poet, literary critic, college professor, essayist, playwright, and fiction writer. I am a past president of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, and I am currently president of the Michigan College English Association. I have a Ph.D. in...