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Clair de Lune by Cassandra Golds
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Clair de Lune

by Cassandra Golds

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A lovely fable about love & family & duty, in a subtle fairy tale reminiscent of the spirit of Hans Christian Andersen. I think fans of fantasies like [b:The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane|37186|The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane|Kate DiCamillo|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1320467868s/37186.jpg|822151] and [b:The Mouse And His Child|24909|The Mouse And His Child|Russell Hoban|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328843709s/24909.jpg|2965139] would like it. Not because of mice as main characters, but because of the kind of stories that get built around them.

A reader does need to be willing to enter into the spell Golds weaves; there are depths that resonate besides the simple story. I was enchanted, and would have been even more so as a girl, age about 10-12. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Once upon a time -- one hundred years ago, and half as many years again -- there lived a girl called Clair-de-Lune, who could not speak.
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Clair-de-Lune lives with her grandmother in the tippy-top of a peculiar old building. Every day she practices ballet, just like her mother before her—the famous ballerina who died when Clair-de-Lune was just a baby. Since that day, Clair-de-Lune hasn’t uttered a word.
Then one day the girl who cannot speak meets a remarkable mouse who can. Bonaventure dreams of founding a dancing school just for mice—but he dreams of helping his new friend, too. Soon the brave little mouse introduces Clair-de-Lune to a hidden world inside, and yet somehow beyond, her building—a world that slowly begins to open her heart. Maybe one day her dreams will come true, too.


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A talking mouse takes a talented young ballet dancer to an enchanted world where she explores, with the help of a kind monk, why she cannot speak.

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