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Many Moons: Learn about the different phases of the moon Hardcover – March 13, 2017
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Remi Courgeon is an illustrator based in France. Also a painter, his work has been the subject of several exhibitions in France and abroad.
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Each set of pages illustrates one of the eight different phases of the moon. On the left page is some elementary text in a white chalk colored stylized font that always starts with the words, "On this night . . ." followed by the illustrative phrase for the illustration on the right-hand page, e.g., ". . . Melody feels her baby kicking insider her tummy." The illustration for that example consists of a large yellow waning gibbous moon, and a white line drawing of "Melody" with a smaller version of the yellow moon as her pregnant tummy. All text and illustrations follow this same format. At the end of the book the eight phases of the moon are listed and explained in adult language terms.
Some of the vocabulary is obviously beyond an English speaking child's abilities, such as "croissant." This is obviously an artifact of translating a French children's book.
Though intended for very young children, this is a beautifully drawn work in a spare and contrasting style that might appeal to adults who collect children's books (like me).
The book itself journeys through all phases of the moon... New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Third Quarter, and finally the Waning Crescent. But the story pages do not refer to them as such. Instead the imagination runs wild with bows and arrows, bananas, smiles, wheels of cheese, eggs, rowboats, the sun, an owl, pregnancy, croissants, cat tails, nail clippings, and darkness. Oh what joy to see a four year old grab at the night sky later and claim he is eating a wheel of cheese!
The artwork is exceptional. Every page is mostly black, with white sketches and bold yellow moon phases. The dark side of the moon is also black, but is a different texture - very smooth and reflective whereas the rest of the page has a matte finish. Children love to touch the pages and feel the tactile difference.
While the majority of the book is full of wild imagination, the back page and inside board of the book give the actual phases and a short description. After a few reads, even small children will learn the phases of the moon. What a joyful book, highly recommended!
By turning the pages, young readers can get a sense of how the moon waxes and wanes. The pages are made of sturdy cardboard. The pictures and sentences are fairly simple and easy to understand. At the end of the book, there are two pages dedicated to explaining in more detail the phases of the moon and what each phase is called. This book is recommended for ages 4 to 6 and I think that's a great age to start to understand about the moon and why it looks different during the course of the month. The pages at the back would also be a quick and easy way to review so the knowledge is not forgotten.
The black background with yellow and white illustrations and text are eye-catching and interesting to children. While some vocabulary words may be unfamiliar to children because this story has been translated, the visual comparison the author makes with the moon to something a child already knows about is a great way for them to connect it to their own life.
At the end of the book the phases of the moon are named so that older readers who might be looking for this will be able to attach the correct phase to the picture of the moon that represents that phase.
I can see a wide range of ages enjoying this book, and it does a good job of explaining something that might not be easily understood.
i love the way the manufacturer/publisher utilized the printing process to illustrate the dark side vs the light side of the moon.
to illustrate the dark side so it is not just mistaken as part of the book itself, a shiny varnish is used to represent the "missing" (dark) part of the moon.
there are corresponding visuals (such as a pregnant lady's tummy, a cat's tail, an owl's eye, etc.) to represent the differing shapes of the moon phases.
this would have been a great book for me when i was in grade school to learn the moon phases - i always got "waxing" and "waning" mixed up.
this book is a wonderful introduction and reference.
very pleased and very much recommended!