Smoky and the Feast of Mabon, by Catherynne M. Valente, Illustrated by W. Lyon Martin
This is a beautifully illustrated fairy tale, about a girl named Smoky who is sad that summer is ending.
She goes for a walk in the woods and gets lost, only to come upon a lovely meal and some forest creatures (Gods and Goddesses in disguise), who teach her about Mabon. Their key lesson is that endings are also beginnings, and that the old year is coming to an end soon (at Samhain) so Mabon is the time to feast.
Although she dances with them until well after the moon comes up, when she heads home, her mother is still working in the garden, just as she was when Smoky left.
My 2 year old adores the illustrations. The message of harvest and celebration is perfect for Mabon – both the feast in the woods and the mother’s offer of a treat after Smoky returns are seasonally themed. This is a great introduction to Mabon for little ones.
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