The hare and the Moon: a calendar of paintings
‘Waking from the winter solstice a hare begins her journey. Through the landscape and its changing seasons, moving in harmony with the moon. Atmospheric and gorgeous paintings show the hare running in January, watching in February, leaping in March until it comes full circle, sleeping in December. Twelve textless double-page paintings of the hare’s journey are accompanied by three full pages of art showing a tree, a flower and a bird for each month. This rich celebration of flora and fauna includes hawthorn and cowslips, swallows, blackbirds, buzzards and owls, harebells, holly, olive, Rowan, poppies and much more. Titbits of text – folklore, fairytale, myth and legend complimenting the art.’
‘Catherine pairs her paintings with folkloric information on the tree, flower, and bird associated with each month, rendered in poetic prose that echoes the mystic lyricism of her imagery. This book is a treasure of mythic art.’ Terri Windling
‘A celebration of flora, fauna and country life, this simply stunning tome would make the perfect gift or coffee table book.’ Countryside Magazine’s Book of the Month, October 2019
‘It is the vibrant and atmospheric paintings and the way they bring to life the flora and fauna of the British countryside that make this book one that resonates … A book to treasure’ The Field.
‘The two characters dance across the pages of this book, creating an irresistible and hypnotic rhythm … Everyone can share the joy of leafing through the beautiful book which contains a treasure trove of visual and oral language … Atmospheric, entrancing and sparing enough to act as stepping stones into endless daydreams’ Cornwall Today
‘The Hare and the Moon by Catherine Hyde is simply beautiful. A glorious treat for the bookshelves!’ Stillwater Books
‘Catherine Hyde’s book is one to stare and stare at.’ Sam Read Books
‘This can only be the kind of food for the soul we are all craving right now.’ Tamsin Abbott, Artist
‘There is so much knowledge and wisdom and poetry in this book. In every fibre of its creation.’ Dom Conlon, Author
‘I’m a huge fan of Hyde’s atmospheric art, rooted in the natural world. This is a stunningly presented almanac following the phases of the Moon and a hare’s journey through the year.’ Fiona Noble: Bookseller highlights for October
‘This is a treasure by Catherine Hyde. It is a thing of beauty that traps time … Such a celebration of the wheel of the year’ Jackie Morris
‘A combination of (hauntingly beautiful) coffee table art book, country almanac, and mythic poetry collection, and it is just unbelievably gorgeous as an object to hold and enjoy. I know I’ll be going back again and again to some of those paintings, and I loved sharing the book with my kids as well’
‘The Hare and the Moon subtly weaves poetry and art together, blurring the boundaries and creating what has been described as ‘visual poetry’. This is so much more than a book of poems and folksy factoids with illustrations. The images have a dreamy quality which lend a timeless air to this charming book. Perfect for reading, as I did, while curled up on the sofa on a dark winter afternoon, a steaming mug of tea by my side (think hygge!), this would make a fine Christmas/Yule present for anyone who loves the natural world, folklore, or art. Or indeed hares!’ Lisa Tulfer: The Three Hares Blog
‘This is a beautiful book where every turn of page reveals a magical journey through the year. The hare leads the way with her leap banishing winter and singing her joyous reverence of the moon. A book of art, wonder and the magic and mystery of nature unravelled, absolutely love it.
An unusual book to be gripped by. The paintings are stunning and have such depth you feel immersed in the years transitioning and closer to nature for it.’ Lucy McArdle