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Phases of the Moon (Patterns in Nature) Paperback – July 1, 2006

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The Patterns in Nature series provides developmentally appropriate science content to beginning readers. Each book has a simplified table of contents, with understandable chapter headings, which encourages application of pre-reading strategies. The index makes topical information accessible. Each book contains a glossary, additional text suggestions, and internet resources. Photographs and illustrations aid comprehension and encourage further reading. From new moon to the full, Gillia M. Olson describes patterns seen in the night sky. Detailed photographs and illustrations support the text. There are great comparisons---a crescent moon is compared to a banana, and the gibbous moon is represented as a circle with the same shape cut from it. This complex topic is presented in a straightforward and engaging manner. --NSTA Recommends, January 2007

In this leveled reader, Olson uses short sentences and simple vocabulary to offer a very clear explanation of the moons phases and how to identify them. The accompanying full-page photos and diagrams also help elucidate the topic, and the design is simple without being boring. The only thing lacking is pronunciations for gibbous and crescent. --Horn Book Guide, January 2007

Brilliant and interesting photographs, easily understood diagrams, and a short, informative text are the highlights of this Patterns in Nature series, which features titles on day and night, hibernation, phases of the moon, and seasons of the year. This title explains that the moon only appears to change shape. A clear diagram names each phase, including less familiar words like gibbous and crescent, included in a short glossary at the end and illustrated with a photograph. There are photos of the tiniest sliver which appear after the new moon, which is really no visible moon at all. Sometimes the moon is shown in quiet solitude, sometimes hanging over a busy city, sometimes over a frozen field. The last page shows a full circle of the real moon s phases. The phases are one of nature s patterns. Each title features a similar pattern diagram on the last page. Children can see the principle and learn the words that explain that principle. Each book features at least one animal in an appropriate activity for the season or time of day. There is a very short index, a list of additional books, and reference to the Facthound web site with links to age-appropriate sites for each book. This is an outstanding series of concept books for new and pre-readers; the photographs make the book interesting enough to use with older children who struggle with reading and concepts. --Childrens Literature Comprehensive Database, January 2007

About the Author

Gillia Olson has been involved with children's literature for 15 years and a cat owner for her entire life. Her current cats, Stimpy and LeRoy, frequently get up close and personal, even when she doesn't appreciate it. Gillia lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with her cats, dog, husband, and daughter.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 270L (What's this?)
  • Series: Patterns in Nature
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone Press; 1st edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736896171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736896177
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arcturus70 on January 1, 2009
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Here's a perfect way to get one's youngsters involved in The international Year of Astronomy 2009 / [...] Moon phases can sometimes be tricky business for new learners. Phases of the Moon by Gillia M. Olson is a beautiful, but simple science "concept" book for young readers, ages four to eight; however, it can be enjoyed by anyone because of the well-selected graphics. Through brilliant pictures and carefully crafted vocabulary with appropriate repetition, children can discover one of nature's most intriguing patterns: moon phases. This little picture-text book introduces some more advanced reading features such as a Table of Contents, section headings, Glossary, Index, and other supplemental information like "Read More" and "Internet Sites."

For our own purposes, the illustrations / images, especially on page 7 and 17, were worth the price of the book. Other products that are worth getting as educational supplements to this book are the following:

Uncle Milton's Moon in My Room
Phases of the Moon Read a Mat Placemat - Glows in the Dark!
Moon Calendar Kit
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Faulkner on January 30, 2010
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The book fits the developmental level of the range of the children in my first & second grade combined class. Illustrations, as usual, support the text very well!
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This was a prefect addition to our month of learning about the moon. It is what I had in mind when I was searching for books. It has real pictures showing each phase & my 4 year old easily understood (as well as a 3 year old and a 2 year old). We read several books about the moon & phases of the moon. The fact these where real pictures and simple was exactly what I had hoped for!
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