By: Robin Nelson
Publisher: Lerner Classroom
Publication Date: August 2010
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: September 2010
If you look up into the sky at night sometimes you can see the Moon if the conditions are right. When you do see it, “the Moon looks a little different each night.” These differences you see are part of a cycle, “something that happens over and over again.” It’s fascinating to look at twenty-seven pictures of the Moon as it cycles. It takes about one month for the Moon to orbit the Earth. You can see how the rays of the Sun can “light up the moon” and can often see this at night. When the Earth is orbiting the Sun, its shape appears to change. Sometimes you see a large, round ball and other times it can barely be seen.
When you don’t see much of the Moon it “looks like a crescent, or thin curve.” In the middle of the cycle, “it looks like a half circle” and when you see that round ball it is called a full moon. In this book you will see photographs of the moon as it goes through the cycle. You will learn about these phases, you’ll learn what a blue moon is, how far the Moon is from Earth, which planets we are able to see in the night sky, what color the “hottest stars” are, and you’ll learn what constellations are.
This is an excellent introductory overview of the phases of the Moon and what they look like. This is a fascinating look at what we can see in the night sky. The large print, simple sentences, and accompanying photographs are a perfect introduction to astronomy for the young, emergent reader. There are two diagrams, one of the Moon’s orbit of the earth and the second a generalized view of the Moon’s phases. The photographs are impressive, especially the page where we see the twenty-seven pictures as it cycles. This is a simple text and does not discuss terms such as gibbous, waxing, or waning phases. In the back of the book is a more detailed paragraph discussing the Moon’s phases, some “Fun Facts,” a glossary, and an index.
Quill says: If you want an introductory text about the Moon and other celestial bodies, this is the perfect text for the emergent reader!