Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Steve Tomecek
For ages 5 to 7
National Geographic Children's Books, 2005   ISBN: 079228304X

Let us try to find out about the moon, that wonderful glowing ball in the sky. Why can we sometimes see it in the daytime, and why does it change shape? What is it made of, and how does it move? These questions and many more are answered in the text and through the cheerful illustrations of this book.

The author begins by telling us some simple facts about the moon, such as the fact that the moon, unlike the sun with its blazing bright light, is not a star. “The moon is more like our Earth” we are told, and it is the sun’s reflected light that makes it possible for us to see it.

Next we discover what people in the past thought about the moon, how they studied it, and what they learned about this distant and yet so familier celestial friend. Today we know a great deal about the moon, including having theories about how the moon came to be covered with craters.

With full page art, easy to understand diagrams, and with the companionship of an illustrated friendly looking cat on almost every page, this book will help young moon fans discover all sorts of fascinating information about the moon and how the moon affects our lives. In the back of the book there is an activity too see how craters form, which children will love to try for themselves.

This is one of the books in the excellent “Jump into Science” series.