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Many Moons: Learn about the different phases of the moon Hardcover – March 13, 2017
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This French import takes readers through all the phases of the moon by comparing its changing shape to common things using the phrase on this night. The book begins, "On this night, Matthew thinks the moon could be a bow for his arrow." As the lunar cycle continues, the moon is compared to, among other things, a banana, a smile, half a wheel of cheese, an egg, and a rowboat. Each spread features illustrations on the right-hand side, which cleverly reinforce the text on the left. The contrast between the black background and the white text, bright yellow moon, and the black or white (depending on placement) etchinglike drawings are minimal and eye-catching. A hint of the full circle of the moon is visible throughout, subtly shown in glossy black on the matte background. The last pages feature a simply illustrated explanation of how and why the moon changes shape. The title has sturdy, board book—like pages and is constructed to lie flat. VERDICT This solid introductory glimpse at the phases of the moon can be read on many different levels. Also works well as a book on shapes or a read-aloud.—Catherine Callegari, Reston Regional Library, VA
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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.
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