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The Moon Book (Avenues) Paperback – January 1, 1997
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From School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Gibbons knows her stuff when it comes to children's nonfiction. The crisp and informative text is nicely narrated by Chris Lutkin, with gentle background music and occasional sound effects. Listeners will learn about ancient beliefs regarding the moon, the moon's probable origin, its effect on the tides, the various lunar phases, and the history of lunar exploration. Readers will want to have the book in hand for illustrations that expand and explain some of the text. VERDICT This is a winning audiobook and would be a good resource for listening centers for those doing astronomy units. ["Wide in scope and visually appealing, this book will serve pleasure and purposeful readers equally well": SLJ 4/97 review of the Holiday House book.]—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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 Audio CD edition.
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The illustrations are clear and vivid, and they held my babies (and my) attention from first to last page. The wording flows easily and isn't overwhelming or extra lengthy...so although my girls didn't understand everything I read, they understood much of it. The book is well made and large, making it easy for smaller hands to hold for interactive reading. I recommend this book for every young astronomer in the making, even younger ones, who will eventually grow to grasp the concepts in the book!
I also recommend it if you are teaching your students about informational texts. This is just one great example of how an author can present information in different ways.
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Used it for a mini-science lesson on the Moon!
That is what our great grandson says so he loves the book. He is almost three.