“A little girl travels around the world in her dreams, with the moon as her only companion. No matter where she goes or how far away from home she wanders, the moon is her guide and friend. Her nighttime journeys take her to fantastic places all over the globe. She visits the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and a penguin colony in Antarctica. As her travels continue, readers can see the celestial orb transform through its continuous cycle of phases. The book’s illustrations are beautiful silhouettes, with the moon as the sole source of light. Each page shows the little girl interacting with the scene and not merely looking at it. She swims with the fish at the Great Barrier Reef and stands on top of the Great Wall of China.
This is a good story for young listeners and a teaching resource for older children. It introduces geography and some famous landmarks. An “Explore More” section is appended and includes information about the sights, a map of the seven continents, and a description of the phases of the moon. There are also additional moon facts and related activities.
VERDICT A lovely offering to spark sweet dreams, and a solid purchase for libraries and classrooms.”
–Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA, School Library Journal December 2016 review.
“There’s something wonderful and mysterious about how this book uses the moon to connect us to people and places all over the world. Academically, it encourages thinking and learning about both geography and science. A beautiful book for readers young and old.”
— Dr. Mary E. Hobbs, Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Texas (Austin, TX) (July 2016)
“Readers are brought along on a young girl’s imaginative nighttime adventure around the world. The moon is both a source of wonder for the girl and a companion that is always there. In the first-person narration, the girl addresses the moon directly: “Hey there, Moon. There you are again. / I wonder, why do you follow me?” Subtly, the author addresses some of the questions and observations kids make about this celestial body. “Each night you seem a little different from the night before. / But I always know it’s you.” These queries are answered in the backmatter, which further explains each topic the girl wonders about, describes and maps the places she visits on her adventure, describes the phases of the moon and gives further facts, and provides activities that can help children understand why the moon appears to change. Gorgeous silhouettes against a deep blue, star-spangled sky follow the girl, clad in boots and a dress and sporting a pageboy cut, as she visits the Eiffel Tower, the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Serengeti, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Sequoia National Park, the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon, and the Arctic and Antarctic. Appropriately, the moon changes phase as the pages turn (the new moon is not represented), though it always appears as it would from the Northern Hemisphere. This just may encourage young readers to look up to the night sky and gain a new friend of their own. (recommended resources) ”
— Kirkus Reviews (7.2.16), 15TH Edition
“Our moon is so present in our lives—always changing and freely observable. So I’m delighted to see this beautifully illustrated book that encourages children to develop a relationship with Earth’s closest neighbor. The facts and ideas for parents and teachers in the back of the book are right on target.”
— Dr. Walter S. Smith, Helen DeVitt Jones Professor of Education, Texas Tech University, Director of the World Moon Project (July 2016)