The Moonlight Farmers

Can you imagine what it would feel like if the sun made you sick and you couldn't go out to play? This is why Edna and Jim have to work on their farm at night when the moon shines high in the sky. Everything changes when new neighbors move in. Their children can’t go out in the sun, either. Together, they let their nights become their days.

Stories in this world

The Moonlight Farmers

Edna and Jim love being out in the moonlight. They care for each other very much and know that being in the sunshine will make them both very sick indeed.

The Abandoned Lighthouse

Edna and Jim take their young neighbors to an abandoned lighthouse by the bay.

The Treasure Hunt

Jim and Mikey go to the bay by the old lighthouse and start a treasure hunt.

Too Sick to Play... But Not for Theatre!

Abby has chicken pox and is too sick to play with Mikey, so he has an idea to cheer her up.

Harvest Time and The Midnight Market

Edna & Jim work hard all year to get their crops ready for market. This was the only time they got to meet other villagers from different places.

Author Notes

Julie Hodgson

You would never imagine that something that shines so bright in the sky every single day could actually harm you, but there are thousands of children and adults who have allergies and who cannot go out in the sun.

I have a cousin who has albinism and she has to be protected from the sun with a special bathing suit if she wants to go out and play. Her eyes are also red, which makes people stare, but we should never laugh at anyone, only laugh with them.

I have had many storytelling sessions by moonlight while on my travels through Africa. The Moonlight Farmers came from a story I originally told in Swedish many years ago. I made the story of Edna and Jim up on the spot because the children I was reading to were handicapped and I felt that they needed a story about characters who were different and how they coped with that.

Edna and Jim were a success. The children were delighted to be told a story that showed how we are all different in our own special ways, which is what makes us all unique, but that we shouldn’t let that get in the way of friendship.

We all laugh, we all cry and we all feel the same inside, it's only our skin that is different.