Dot to Dot in the Sky

Dot to Dot in the Sky

Stories of the Moon

Book - 2004
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Throughout history, the Earth's closest celestial neighbor has inspired and intrigued. People around the world have looked up in awe at the Moon and told stories to explain its mysteries. They imagined that the Moon represented people or animals and believed it to be the cause of strange behavior. Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Moon is a collection of stories from many different cultures about this intriguing orb. Richly illustrated, with fascinating legends from Greece, Korea, England, China, West Africa and Canada, it also includes facts about the moon and astronomy.

Publisher: North Vancouver, B.C. : Walrus Books, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9781552856109
Branch Call Number: J 523.3 GAL
Characteristics: 64 pages :,color illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bennett, Lorna 1960-


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Jun 12, 2011

Here's something every writer knows: there are no new stories, only fresh takes on old favourites (and most of those favourites come from myths and legends). So, I was curious as both a reader and writer to see what Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Moon had to tell me.

I was really impressed with this book. I love the breadth of different cultures that were included--from Africa to Russia, Japan to Greece, there's a wealth of myths. The other thing I really enjoyed was the inclusion of facts and history of the moon. They were tucked into side bars--unobtrusive and waiting for reader, shaded a different color to offset it from the page but not screaming for attention. As for the illustrations, they were amazing. Vibrant and eye-catching.

In all, it's a great universal book: older kids and adults will enjoy the stories and the nuances shown in how different cultures interpreted and understood the world around them. The younger children will love practicing their reading skills as well as enjoying having the stories read to them. For those too young to read, parents can use the pictures as a great conversational tool.

In total, this is a fantastic book: interesting, enjoyable, yummy to both the reading & visual senses.

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