Saturday, November 7, 2009

Faces of the Moon by Bob Crelin

Faces of the Moon by Bob Crelin

Rhyming text accompanied by the waxing and waning of the moon---this is Faces of the Moon. The pictures include cutaways of the moon. As the pages turn, the moon grows from a crescent to a full moon and then back to a crescent moon again. The pictures make a complicated event clear.

A sample:
“A few days pass, and Moon’s less shy;
her smile lights the twilight sky.
The more her sunlit surface shows,
the more Moon’s WAXING CRESCENT grows.
Waxing Cresent* Moon rises in the mid-morning
and sets in the mid-evening.”

*In the notes for both waxing crescent and waning crescent, the word is spelled incorrectly.

Children’s comments:
I tried this out with a group of sixteen students, half boys, half girls, and half kindergarteners and half first graders. They loved the cutouts that showed how the moon waxed and waned. They said they understood the text.

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