Full Moon Lore

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The moon (and the man who reportedly lives in it) has always been a mystery. Sometimes it’s pale white, and sometimes it actually looks red. Sometimes it lights our way in the darkness, sometimes it casts a ghostly glow on everything we see, and sometimes it’s actually visible in the daytime sky.

For any child or adult who has ever had questions about the full moon, author Ellen Wahi’s new picture book, Full Moon Lore, is highly recommended. The book opens with a mini-lesson about the moon; how farmers have planted crops by it and people have kept track of the seasons by each full moon for centuries.

Ms. Wahi uses brief, straightforward prose that outlines each month of the year’s moon. For example, January’s moon is called Wolf Moon because it glows across “cold, bitter landscapes” and helps animals see their way. February’s moon is called Snow Moon because it appears when the heaviest snows fall. March’s Moon is called Sap Moon because it appears during a time when the freezing and thawing causes sap to rise in trees. Other moons include the Flower Moon (May), Strawberry Moon (June), and Buck Moon (July), to name a few.

Not only is this an educational book, it’s also like a wildlife adventure. Artist Ashley Stewart’s illustrations are just lovely, full of deep, rich colors that are comforting to the eye. There are dark skies lit by twinkling stars, and shadowy pastures full of deer, rabbits, curious rodents and even howling wolves. There are sweeping illustrations of lonely farms blanketed by fat, falling snowflakes (Snow Moon); serene bunnies in the middle of quiet fields that are adorned by pink flowers and budding trees (Pink Moon); and even illustrations of restless fish bursting out of the waters (Sturgeon Moon).

Use this book to discuss tracking time, understanding seasons, and even investigating climate as the year wears on. Great in elementary school libraries or as part of your child’s personal library.

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