The Christmas of the Reddle Moon

written by J. Patrick Lewis, pictures by Gary Kelley

Lost in a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, Liddy and Will meet the magical and mysterious Wee Mary Fever who provides several holiday surprises.

Two children are lost in a blizzard that blows across the nineteenth century English moors in this memorable holiday telling. Reddle is burnished clay common under the heath, and was dug up and sold to farmers to mark their sheep. In the blinding snow, these youngsters tumble into a reddle pit and are rescued by a reclusive old woman who uses magic to summon St. Nick to see the children safely home.

Beautiful imagery in the text and the snow-softened landscapes and shadowy interiors of the moody, expressive pastels create a setting worthy of the tale.