Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
One volume of a three-volume set subtitled "Starting with Space," The Moon may look like a picture book, but its content is sophisticated and well put together, and second-to-fourth-graders will enjoy it. Some of the activities are more family- than individual-oriented, but they seem like fun projects.
Children's Literature - Carol Collins
Tales about the origins of the moon, its appearance, and its effects on the earth are recounted in this many-faceted introduction. Then scientific and historical facts are presented, followed by suggestions for projects and experiments. Some legends, for example, offer variations on the "man in the moon" story, while scientific studies explain that the moon's dark and light spots are caused by light and shadows cast over a mountainous, flat-rock, and cratered surface. "Try It!" projects for "making" moon spots-with blocks and a flashlight in a dark room-and moon craters-with plaster of Paris, pebbles, and rocks-demonstrate the causes of the moon's appearance. Photos of various moon phenomena are interspersed with child-oriented, often humorous illustrations. Mr. Moon himself appears throughout the book telling us moon facts. For example, he tells us how Christopher Columbus persuaded the Jamaicans to trade food with him by predicting the moon would turn red if they refused. The book's layout is very pleasing, and the blue, gold, and white colors enhance the overall effect. There is a full glossary and index. The book is appropriate for both young scientists-to-be and moon dreamers of every sort. Part of the "Starting With Space" series. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4A broad scope makes these introductions useful and appealing; each includes not only basic scientific observations, but also briefly told myths and legends and instructions for easy, homespun demonstrationsall illustrated with a combination of color photos and lively cartoons. To capsule accounts of The Moon's physical history and features, Bourgeois adds explanations of phases and tides, a summary of lunar landings, and legends from around the world. After a look at the past and future of The Sun, she discusses its visible and invisible emissions, seasons, the ozone layer, and the northern lightsthe last accompanied by a particularly spectacular photo taken from space. Including instructions for a vinegar-and-baking-soda volcano, Nicolson describes the effects both of humans and of plate tectonics on The Earth, as well as our planet's origins. The interspersed activities include appropriate cautionary notes (especially in The Sun), and generally require no supplies beyond balls, string, and mirrors. One of the most intriguing needs no supplies at all; readers are invited to pick a night when the full moon looks huge, then to note the change in apparent size when viewed from between the legs. The spacious page layout, question-and-answer structure, and informal tone make these titles less intimidating to unpracticed readers than books like E. C. Krupp's The Moon and You (Macmillan, 1993) or the "Eyewitness Science" series (DK). Despite some overlap, they make inviting gateways to the study of matters astronomical.John Peters, New York Public Library