Back in the early 1970’s, I was a young boy, and Cat Stevens was a young singer-songwriter who had everything: fame, riches, commercial and artistic success. But it wasn’t enough for him. In late 1977, he converted to Islam, and shortly thereafter, he walked away from his former life.
This clip was part of an animated short that told the whimsical tale of Teaser and the Firecat, who retrieve the fallen moon from the sky one night and help return it to its rightful place. This story was also issued as a children’s picture book.
As a young boy, I ordered Teaser and the Firecat through my elementary school’s Scholastic sales—remember flipping through those newsprint catalogs to find books you might like? And I still have my copy; the story—and “Moonshadow”—has been a favorite of mine for over 40 years.
Kenton Kilgore is the author of DRAGONTAMER’S DAUGHTERS, a two-part young adult fantasy novel based on Navajo culture and belief. Look for his next work, LOST DOGS, a young adult sci-fi novel, coming this summer.