Full Moon Lore – by Ellen Wahi, illustrated by Ashley Stewart

          Full Moon Lore – by Ellen Wahi, illustrated by Ashley Stewart, Sleeping Bear Press, (9781585369652), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book? “People long ago kept track of the seasons by giving each full moon a special name.” Thus begins this attractive and educational overview of the monthly full moons. Each two page spread features an outdoor scene in mostly deep hues of blues, greens and purples that will resonate with anyone who has ever spent time in the quiet beauty of a moonlit night. A text box tells about the annual events that gave rise to each moon’s name. For instance, April’s Pink Moon refers to the pink spring blossoms that shine in the moonlight, while the Cold Moon is named for the winter cold that takes hold in December. The rare Blue Moon (once every 2.7 years) when a second full moon arrives in a single month is described last. A final page restates months and names, defines equinox and solstice, and provides a few additional facts.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to young people from about age 4 to 6 who would enjoy finding out about nature from a beautifully illustrated, informative book.

Who should buy this book? Preschool and elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in non-fiction 529.2 with other books about tracking the passage of time.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Not necessary.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  5/7/17

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