Since the dawn of human existence, people have gazed up at the night sky and wondered about the moon. Here the veteran nonfiction author Elaine Scott skillfully presents a wealth of captivating, kid-friendly information, covering everything from the newest theories on how the moon formed, to the recent, startling discovery of water on its surface and the very real possibility of future moon colonies. Illustrated with stunning, full-color photographs and packed with fun facts, this is the most complete and up-to-date book available on the moon. Includes glossary, bibliography, and index.
Our Moon: Exploring Luna Review
Well, I downloaded it originally to read with my six-year-old, only to swiftly discover that this was more than a little above her level. Anyways, once I realized I’d be reading this just for me, I actually quite enjoyed it. I know it’s aimed at older kids, but it was a fascinating read for me.
The part about the moon landing (the author is able to ground the experience in a way that makes it more real) was especially fascinating. I knew the moon landing happened, obviously, but it’s sort of been confined to that 10-second television clip, and so on. So it was definitely neat! Also, that someone before Galileo had mapped the moon. I mean, that’s just one of those things you associate with Galileo, so to find out he wasn’t the first was surprising.
Now, this was an ARC copy I reviewed, so there were a few diagrams that hadn’t been put into place yet, but the images, maps, etc, that were there were very interesting. (Especially the dark side of the moon!), and the lunar lawnmower idea was absolutely awesome, and I want to see a prototype in action!
The author does a great job of likening harder to grasp concepts to things its easier for younger minds to understand, without making it seem as if she’s talking down to anyone. This was a wonderful book and I absolutely recommend it for ANYONE age 9+ who is interested in astronomy at all. Fantastic job by the author!