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The Moon Book [Paperback]

Gail Gibbons
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Book Description

March 2, 1998 5 and up Kindergarten and up740L (What's this?)
Identifies the moon as our only natural satellite, describes its movement and phases, and discusses how we have observed and explored it over the years.

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Editorial Reviews

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Grade 1-3?The moon sails regally over darkened lawns and houses in Gibbons's simple, bright paintings with brief, precisely worded explanations running beneath the artwork. Primary readers will find, in just the right amount of detail, answers to their questions about our planet's closest natural companion: its origins and phases, what causes tides and eclipses, the people and spacecraft that have been sent there, and even some of the stories and beliefs it has inspired. The author includes directions for making a simple solar eclipse viewer and finishes with a chronology, a sampling of moon legends and lore, and a page of additional facts. Wide in scope and visually appealing, this book will serve pleasure and purposeful readers equally well.?John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. This fully illustrated introductory book offers young children information about the moon: its orbit and phases, its place in solar and lunar eclipses, its effect on Earth's oceans, moon exploration, and the legends the moon has inspired in various cultures. Written clearly yet without too much detail, the text moves along quickly. The pictures and diagrams deserve study, as they help readers visualize such concepts as how the moon moves in relation to the earth and the sun and why it seems to change shape. Gibbons uses a spacious format to vary page layout, presenting each facet of the moon's story with a large illustration or a series of smaller ones. Her colorful pictures of people observing the moon seem all the more brilliant against backgrounds of midnight blue. A fine resource for school and public library collections. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (March 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823413640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823413645
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Moon Book March 10, 2010
By RU girl
This is a great book for teaching children about the moon phases. The illustrations are great and the text is not boring. I would recommend this book to teachers, parents, or anyone who has trouble learning the moon phases.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on the Moon for a young mind! September 9, 2011
By Katie
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This book is another Gail Gibbons classic. If your child loves things like astronomy (or you want to introduce the Moon to them), this book is for you! My son is 3 and it is able to keep his mind active and engaged but could certainly be enjoyed by children up to 7 or 8 years old. This is done by the author in her classic style (the way I love) of giving great information in a FUN, SIMPLE, and EASY to read way! I would say this would be a great book to introduce in a classroom for teachers K-2 teaching on the subject as well. A WONDERFUL Gail Gibbons option, especially when you can get it on Amazon for a fraction of the price...I paid $5 including shipping!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This book is one of the best scientific books for young minds you will ever find. All of the most important physical facts about the moon, the reasons why the shape of the moon cycles over time and the effects it has on Earth are explained. A brief history of lunar exploration is also given. Diagrams are used to provide detail to the explanations and they are colorful without being gaudy. This book is an excellent way for children to learn about the only other heavenly body that has felt the footsteps of humans.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Moon Book June 20, 2000
By A Customer
Very factual information written on the level of a 1st-4th grade child.
Good to use in the classroom in conjunction with a unit on space.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. April 16, 2013
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This was a very interesting book and great for explaining the moon. My daughter is only two but she liked having the book read to her and she is fascinated by the moon so this was a great purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars school book July 9, 2013
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After sharing a MOON / SPACE theme with my class this book truly fulfilled the needs and questions the preschool children had.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Moon Book February 27, 2013
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My grandson really enjoys the book. It has very good info and is well done. We've read it several times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! February 22, 2013
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Love Gail Gibbons' books and this one is as fabulous as the others I have and use in my classroom!
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Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is

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