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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; New edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157091785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570917851
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–Die-cut holes–starting with a big round one on the front cover–track the Moon's phases as seen in the northern hemisphere. While Crelin explains what's happening in verse (The Moon's first phase, we call it NEW–/when Moon's between the Sun and you./Her sunlit side is turned away,/and we can't see her, night or day), and then (superfluously) again in prose at the end, Evans's digitally enhanced linoleum-block prints depict two children watching the sky or going about their daily or nightly business in a variety of urban and outdoor settings. Though the text could have used better proofreading (crescent is misspelled twice), the special design elements, heavy paper stock, and rich coloring add up to a sumptuous presentation. Consider this volume as an enhancement for more conventional treatments such as Suzanne Slade's The Phases of the Moon (Rosen, 2007) or Franklyn Mansfield Branley's classic The Moon Seems to Change (HarperCollins, 1960; o.p.).–John Peters, New York Public Library
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August 26, 2009 The phases of the moon are illustrated in a gentle, poetic rhyming text opposite the linoleum block print and bold watercolor illustrations in this book about the changing moon shapes. Tabs marked with each moon phase take the reader to that phase and die cuts show the waxing (increasing in size) and waning of the moon s shape. Each phase has a sentence telling when the moon rises and sets. Additional author information about the moon follows the main text and the back matter also contains 'a fun way to remember Moon facts.' This book provides excellent, basic information about the moon and its changes and would be a quiet introduction to the moon s phases in an elementary classroom. It would also be a wonderful reader s theater choice. --SimplyScience.wordpress.com

July 1, 2009 It isn't easy to cram science lessons into graceful poetry, but Crelin makes it look effortless in this appealing ode to the moon and its phases. An unnamed brother and sister serve as visual anchors through verses that culminate in a section that devotes two pages to each phase. This area is tabbed for easy access (each tab features a picture of the appropriate phase) and includes a cutout illustration allowing a view of some portion of the full moon printed at the center of the book a nifty device executed with a clean design that perfectly matches the thick-lined watercolor illustrations. It s hard to fault Crelin s text, though it s probably not the clearest way for young readers to get their information ('A few days pass, and Moon's less shy; / her smile lights the twilight sky.'). Plowing through the book straight through might test the patience of some young researchers, but even they will be well served by the straightforward facts (and rhyming memorization devices!) that conclude the book. --Booklist

July 1, 2009 Die-cut holes starting with a big round one on the front cover track the Moon s phases as seen in the northern hemisphere. While Crelin explains what s happening in verse ('The Moon s first phase, we call it NEW '/when Moon s between the Sun and you./Her sunlit side is turned away,/and we can t see her, night or day'), and then (superfluously) again in prose at the end, Evans's digitally enhanced linoleum-block prints depict two children watching the sky or going about their daily or nightly business in a variety of urban and outdoor settings . . . Consider this volume as an enhancement for more conventional treatments such as Suzanne Slade s The Phases of the Moon (Rosen, 2007) or Franklyn Mansfield Branley s classic The Moon Seems to Change (HarperCollins, 1960; o.p.). --School Library Journal

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What a great concept!
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The rhyming scheme is perfect and doesn't miss a beat as it tells us the story of the lunar phases of the moon.
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At the end of the book, a series of rhymed couplets offer "Moon Memo-Rhymes" to help remember moon facts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony D. on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Faces of the moon, a beautifully written and illustrated story of the lunar cycle is IMHO, destined to become a children's classic. It is the rare author that can take what can be an admittedly confusing and mundane concept (lunar phases) and present it in such a way that the reader is not only entertained but attains an intuitive understanding of the subject matter. Very highly reccomended for children of all ages who have yet to lose their sense wonder of the world around them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Faces of the Moon" is an educational book for children age 6 and up with verse descriptions of each phase of the moon, along with appropriately shaped cutout moon images on the pages to highlight the shape of that moon phase. Full of handy facts and hints, including the approximate time of night or day each phase of the moon rises or sets, "Faces of the Moon" catalogs the monthly changes of the moon in a logical progression that is carefully tied to full page color illustrations. A fun part of "Faces of the Moon" is the Moon Memo-Rhymes at the end, which is a list of fun ways to remember Moon facts. The eight phases of the moon are shown labeled and circling the half -darkened earth, to illustrate the role of the light of the sun in the showing of the moon's phases. "Faces of the Moon" is sure to enchant and inform both children and parents with its charming, imaginative format.
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Format: Hardcover
The changing face of the moon is often a wondrous awe-inspiring vision to look at. The changing shapes are beautiful, but what do they mean? Each "face (or lunar phase)" represents a time frame of twenty-nine days. Sometimes when we look at the moon we only see a small sliver, or crescent, while other times we can see a full moon. It seems so mysterious, but there is really a very simple explanation for these faces. When the sun shines on the moon "it paints her shadowed face with light to make the phase we see." When the Earth orbits around the sun we can watch the changes in the sky.

"Each changing face (or lunar phase)
repeats each nine-and-twenty days:
from thin to thick, from dark to light;
sometimes in day, sometimes at night."

In this marvelous book you will learn about the new moon. It appears to be invisible because it is between Earth and the sun and the "sunlit side is turned away." The Waxing Crescent, or growing moon, is next in this marvelous cycle. It is like a little crescent sliver. You will read and learn about the First Quarter Moon, the Waxing Gibbous Moon, the Full Moon, the Waning Gibbous Moon, the Last Quarter Moon, the Waning Crescent Moon and when they rise and set.

This is an amazing book that both young and old will enjoy and learn from. The rhyming scheme is perfect and doesn't miss a beat as it tells us the story of the lunar phases of the moon. The set up of the book is as dazzling as a full moon with the die cut sections (including the cover) representing the individual phase and illustrated tabs so the reader can easily flip back and forth at his or her leisure. In the back of the book is more information on the connections between the Moon, the Earth and the Sun and "Moon Memo-Rhymes" that make learning moon facts easy and fun. This is an astronomically fun, informative book on Moon phases you won't want to pass up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Experienced Editor VINE VOICE on April 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Here is a graceful explanation of how and why the shape of the moon seems to change over time. Scientific fact is presented as a pleasing story in verses that work equally well for reading aloud or for independent reading. Smaller type on the page for each phase tells approximate times that the moon is visible at that stage. Tabs at the edge of the pages let the reader turn right to a particular shape. At the end of the book, a series of rhymed couplets offer "Moon Memo-Rhymes" to help remember moon facts. The presentation dispels a common misconception that phases are caused by earth's shadow crossing the moon; in fact, they are the amount of reflected sunlight that is visible according to the moon's position in relation to the earth. A particular strength of this book is the ingenious use of die-cut holes in the pages, allowing different parts of the full moon to show. The result is successful and satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IIJuan12 on January 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This has cut-outs so that you can watch the lunar phases as they wax and wane. It also includes easy-to-find tabs displaying the lunar phase on each page. It includes at what part of day the moon can been seen when its in that phase. What a great concept!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on April 5, 2010
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This is a great book all about the moon. The inside is set up with tabs so you can quickly check out various stages of the moon. I have had a great time sharing this with my son.
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