Ever wonder what animals do after dark? They dance the night away at a critter ball thrown for one and all! Children revel in a dreamy moonlit world where bobcats sing soulful songs, javelina click hooves on tortoise shell roofs and coatimundis drum right along at a critter ball thrown for one and all in Nancy L. Young's picture book, The Moon Saw It All. I wanted to create a magical world that stimulates children's senses and imaginations, says Young. And even though it is pure fantasy, it fills their heads with positive messages of friendship and an appreciation for nature. Even very young children can experience stress these days or become overstimulated by the days' activities, adds Linda F. Radke of Five Star Publications, Inc., who was a special education instructor before going into the publishing business. Reading The Moon Saw It All before bedtime or naps can have a calming effect, helping children relax and drift off into a safe slumber, filled with music, dance and a celebration of nature. Having relocated to Arizona from New Mexico as a child in 1950 and living most of her life in the Grand Canyon State, Young is what locals affectionately refer to as a semi-native Arizonan. She has called several Arizona cities and towns home including Tucson, Phoenix, the copper mining town of Hayden and Payson. She currently resides in Aravaipa Canyon next to Aravaipa Creek with her husband of 43 years. Although The Moon Saw It All is her first children's book, it's not the first time Young's work has been published. Her childhood poems, The Arizona Desert, It's Springtime in this Country and A lonely Shepherd's Tale were all printed in the Durango newspaper.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Nadia Komorova studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she also received instruction in classical piano, the music of which continues to fill her studio as she creates her paintings. Nadia uses any traditional medium, as well as the digital approach in her work. She has illustrated several children's titles for Five Star Publications, Inc., including Horrifa, The Moon Saw it All, and Alfie's Bark Mitzvah.
Although born in New Mexico, Nancy L. Young spent most of her life in the Grand Canyon State, and is what locals affectionately refer to as a semi-native Arizonan. When she was 4 years old, her father became curator of large mammals at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Infant animals were frequently brought in to the family's home to be cared for, trained and tamed to go on display at the museum. Young's proximity to the museum's wildlife planted the seed for her appreciation for animals.