With the soothing rhythm of a bedtime story and the scientific wonder of a nature doc, comes a celebration of the moon and all the creatures who rely on its light to find their way home.
Under the glow of a shimmering moon, creatures great and small creep out of their dens, using its light to hunt, fend off predators, build their nests or build families. As the moon changes phases these animals adapt their behavior to match its waxing and waning--while human animals look on in wonder. As Earth's closest companion in space, the moon has fascinated humankind for generations, and this nonfiction picture book sheds light on the mysterious ways it affects life on Earth.
With luminous illustrations by Jessica Lanan and a lyrical text that is part lullaby and part scientific resource, Thank You, Moon is a treasure for all ages to enjoy.
K-Gr 3--A beautiful blue-gray luminescent moon opens this gentle lunar celebration. The book offers several ways to enjoy the content. The left side of every spread is a journey through the phases and influences of the moon while navigating different environments of the earth. On the right, in smaller print and at a higher reading level, is more detailed information pertaining to that page. Many types of biomes are visited above ground, in the air, and below the ocean through the lens of an animal or plant affected by the moon. The lush watercolor illustrations are rich with nighttime details with the moon always clearly present. A young, dark-skinned girl graces the cover, then is seen once early on and with her dad and dog toward the end of the book. The implication is that they are thankful for the moon. Their presence is welcome though muted. Additional content covers the phases of the moon and more details on each animal and plant that appear in the text. VERDICT Recommended for larger collections in need of STEAM titles about the moon for younger readers.--Elisabeth LeBrisCopyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
On the verso pages of this picture book, Stewart catalogs in reverent prose how Earth's moon influences creatures and plants, helping them to survive and flourish. Scientifically oriented recto lines further explain. Alongside "Thank you, Moon, / for being Earth's constant companion in space// and making life on/ our planet possible," an amplified section reveals that the moon's gravity stabilizes Earth in its rotation, keeping it from temperature extremes that would make life impossible. Lanan's watercolor and colored pencil spreads provide dramatic close-up glimpses of the species described: moonlight guides leatherback turtle hatchlings to the ocean, influences spawn times for coral as well as pollen release for joint pines, and serves as a signal ("Thank you for warning/ zooplankton to dive deep"). This poetic look at the varied effects of moonlight draws science-minded attention to a phenomenon more often praised for its beauty than its utility. Extensive back matter concludes. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.