Reviewed by Nancy McDonough
1st and 2nd Grade Teacher
What a completely unique book—so unique, in fact, that it's difficult to describe! In it, readers will find text written in couplets, phases of the Moon marked by tabs, and corresponding cutouts that make page turning feel like animation. Strikingly colorful illustrations add vitality to the descriptions that carefully label and describe each of the Moon’s eight phases.
“WAXING GIBBOUS, fat with light, she’s nearly round—up late at night.”
“At Moon’s LAST QUARTER of her trip, her eastern half is brightly lit.”
And on it goes. The book ends with additional information (written in paragraph form) and a page of “Moon Memo-Rhymes,” a charming array of reminders about lunar facts. “Her orbit is the circled flight that makes the Moon Earth’s satellite.”
Even those who thought they had no more than a passing interest in our planetary neighbor will find this clever text a treat and an education. It might be read aloud as an introduction to age-appropriate lunar observations, placed at a center for further reference, or become the basis for a collection of student's drawings or photographs.
Review posted on 5/26/2009