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Faces of the Moon
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August 26, 2009 The phases of the moon are illustrated in a gentle, poetic rhyming text opposite the linoleum block print and bold watercolour illustrations in this book about the changing moon shapes. Tabs marked with each moon phase take the reader to that phase and die cuts show the waxing (increasing in size) and waning of the moon s shape. Each phase has a sentence telling when the moon rises and sets. Additional author information about the moon follows the main text and the back matter also contains 'a fun way to remember Moon facts.' This book provides excellent, basic information about the moon and its changes and would be a quiet introduction to the moon s phases in an elementary classroom. It would also be a wonderful reader s theatre choice. --SimplyScience.wordpress.com

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 centre of the book a nifty device executed with a clean design that perfectly matches the thick-lined watercolour 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.'). Ploughing 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

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Why does the Moon seem to change shape from night to night? In this unique book, innovative die-cuts and playful poetry introduce the names and shapes of the lunar phases to explain the role light and shadow play in this transformation.

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