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Faces of the Moon Hardcover – July 1, 2009
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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
Top Customer Reviews
This is an amazing teaching tool and was presentrd to me by a seasoned teacher and it did not disappoint. Should be a staple in any early astronomy library
I'm convinced that Bob Crelin knows exactly how phases come about - after all, he designed the really cool Moon Gazer's Wheel that allows us to figure out what phase we can observe during any given day/night at any given time. He also explains phases correctly in this book.
What he calls the "shadowed face" is generally called the dark part of the Moon or simply its night side; that's the same on Earth where we call the night side dark or night but never shadow. I know what he means (the Moon's night side is in its own shadow) and he and I know that (I'm an astronomer). But to the lay person, using the word shadow is misleading because they interpret as meaning the Earth's shadow (which it is not - Earth's shadow only ever plays a role when it causes a lunar eclipse on the full moon about every six months).
Anyway, the way I fixed my book is that I took some white tape and wrote on it:
(page 4) 'and paints her "darkened" face' instead of shadowed,
(page 6) 'light and "darkness" change' instead of shadows,
(page 19) 'not a "dark part" to be found' instead of shadow,
(page 21) 'the "dark sides" start - on Moon's most western part' instead of shadows,
(page 30) 'Half of the Moon is in sunlight, while the other half is "dark".' instead of in shadow.
"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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes me appreciate and understand how awesome and important our planet and the moon are. Now when I look at the moon, I readily understand the different phases. Read morePublished 13 months ago by marilyn morawiecki
Great non-fiction text about the moon's phases, why it appears differently from Earth and when to view each phase... My classes loved it!Published 17 months ago by Raechel Byrne-grabarz
It is filled with facts presented in a poetic way. " It has been my daughter's favorite for YEARS. I still choke up a little on the last page.Published 22 months ago by Green-haired Reader Girl
Bought this book as a teaching aid for my astrology students. They liked it and the little poems that go along with the Moon phases are helpful in remembering the phases.Published 23 months ago by N. Foley
An excellent book, Faces of the Moon provides a clear description of lunar phases. When an author uses novelty to explain an often difficult concept, everyone learns and enjoys... Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by GYSTC
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... Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by Experienced Editor
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. Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by IIJuan12
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.Published on April 5, 2010 by Lisa