Steve Tomecek, the Executive Director and Founder of Science Plus, Inc., is the author of numerous books, including three other Jump Into Science titles. He was the winner of the 1996 American Institute of Physics Excellence in Science Writing Award. He lives in Bellerose, NY.
Liisa Chauncy Guida studied at the Pratt School of Art and Design in New York City. She gazes at the moon in the clear skies over her home in Avon, CO.
Gr 1-2-A cartoon cat and bug explain scientific history and concepts regarding the Earth's moon: its ever-changing appearance, composition, comparisons to Earth and the sun, Galileo's observations and discoveries in 1609, astronauts, orbits, and other topics. Busy, colorful borders are full of decorative details based on the main pictures. A concluding craft project gives instructions on how to make craters. While the use of a cat as a narrator detracts from the authenticity of this title as nonfiction, the material is reliable. Some students might be confused by the explanations of the Moon's orbit and size comparisons, but, as a whole, the book will appeal to children just starting to browse the nonfiction shelves. Pair it with Seymour Simon's The Moon (S & S, 1984), as its photographs will fascinate children.-Heather Ver Voort, Washington West Elementary, Olean, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Tomecek's words encourage a sense of awe and wonder not only about the moon...but also about Earth, which, from the moon, appears to be "a special place...full of light and color...and unlike anything else in the sky." --Booklist