Book Review – How the Moon Regained Her Shape

How the Moon Regained Her Shapehow-the-moon-regained-her-shape1
Written By: Janet Ruth Heller
Illustrated By: Ben Hodson
Published By: Sylvan Dell Publishing, SC, USA, 2006, First Edition, 32 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-0976494348

Product Description – From
How the Moon Regained Her Shape, influenced by Native American folktales, is a delightful story that emphasizes building self-confidence and understanding the phases of the moon. After the sun insults her, the moon gets very upset and disappears – much to the chagrin of the rabbits who miss their moonlight romps. With the help of her friends, the moon gains more self-confidence each day until she is back to her full size. The “Creative Minds” section explains the phases of the moon and helps to answer those pesky questions like “why is the moon up during the day?”, or “why does the shape of the moon change?” Moon crafts and games supplement the understanding.”

How the Moon Regained Her Shape is a culturally-rich story which will educate children in a fun and interesting way. With topics including self-esteem, bullying, encouraging the ‘bullied’ seek help and various subjects about the moon. This book takes a fresh and enjoyable approach to issues which many children face on a daily basis once they start school and during many of the early, formative years onward. Included at the end of the book are 4 1/2 pages which teach the reader about: moon observations, fun ‘moon’ projects, the phases of the moon and its orbit around the Earth, an Earth to Moon scale drawing and more. This book is beautifully illustrated with deep, vibrant colours and has wonderful intensity and character. It is the recipient of the following Awards: ‘Moonbeam Children’s Book Award’, ‘Benjamin Franklin Award’ and ‘Children’s Choice Award’.
I would recommend this book for children 4-8 years of age, though children as old as 12 years of age would almost certainly enjoy the last 4 1/2 pages.

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Thank you to Elaine Krackau for sending me a copy.


4 thoughts on “Book Review – How the Moon Regained Her Shape

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    Dear Bobbie Crawford-McCoy,

    Thank you so much for reviewing my book, _How the Moon Regained Her Shape_. I have published books for adults before, but this is my first book for kids. I have been very pleased by the positive reception of my book about bullying. I want to help other people to discourage bullying and help bullied kids to regain their self-esteem.

    Thank you again for your time and effort!

    Janet Heller, author

  2. You are so very welcome Janet.
    I think that you did a wonderful job creating a story which teaches children, almost subliminally. Many children get offended if they think a book is supposed to ‘teach them a lesson’ and close their minds, but your book smoothes it over with brilliant story telling and beautiful illustrations.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate it! :-)

    Again, you are most welcome!


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