Maple Moon is a children's picture book that tells a fictionalized story about the origin of maple sugar. The story is set in the past before the coming of the Europeans. In a Mississauga village near Rice Lake, a young handicapped boy endures a difficult life. During a time of hunger, the villagers cannot find enough food. So the young boy goes away into the woods to be alone. He rests beside a maple tree. After he acknowledges the tree, he sees a red squirrel doing something interesting. As the squirrel scraps away some bark, the patch suddenly brings forth something that the squirrel drinks. The boy is intrigued and investigates further. He finds that the maple releases wonderful sweet water. Using a birchbark container, the boy gathers some of the sweet liquid and returns to his mother. His mother dismisses the idea of sweet water but finds the water helpful in cooking the family's meager meal. The boy is saddened but to his surprise his father comes with a wonderful portion of cooked meat. The meat had cooked in the sweet water and now everyone wants to know the boy's secret. The boy shows his father and the village elders how he obtained the wonderful liquid. This is a heart-warming story about the origin of maple sap and a young child overcoming a disability. The author acknowledges the assistance of Frank Cowie of Hiawatha First Nation, and Aileen Irons of Curve Lake First Nation for their cultural expertise. ATOS Reading Level: 4.2; Reading Level: 4.8.