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Moonfinder is the story of a little boy who learns about the phases of the moon through his father's easy-to-understand explanations. Each night, over the course of a month, he looks up to notice the changes in the moon's phases and position in the sky.
Beautifully illustrated, each page features a full-color painting that depicts the actual location and appearance of each lunar phase, along with celestial views that show the corresponding position of the moon in orbit around the earth. These help students understand how the astronomy behind the moon's changing phases corresponds to the changing positions of the moon in the sky. The story also includes a note at the end with detailed information for continuing your study of the moon and its phases.
With Moonfinder, cultivate an interest in science and nature as the entire family learns how to follow the monthly cycle of the moon! 32 full-color pages, hardcover.
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Fourth Day Press
|Publication Date: 2011|
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JoannaBay Area, CAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful find!March 18, 2013JoannaBay Area, CAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am reading this book every day with my four-year-old, and she loves it. We have read it about six times in the last several days, and she always asks me to read it again as soon as I'm finished with it. We have been looking at the moon each night and talking about it. She gets so excited! Tonight I read the book to her and her older (six-year-old) sister. My four-year-old excitedly helped me explain the moon's phases to her older sister as we read the book together. I am finally starting to understand the moon's phases myself now, thanks to this book. I would highly recommend it. I rarely see my daughter as excited as she is running from window to window trying to find the moon in the night sky.
Hal and Melanie Young5 Stars Out Of 5A Gorgeous, Soon-To-Be Classic!September 29, 2011Hal and Melanie YoungQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Moonfinder by Jay Ryan is one of our kind of books. I love books that are gentle and sweet and memorable for young children. I also love books that stretch their minds and spark interest in finding out more about the world. Moonfinder is just our kind of book.
In Moonfinder, a young boy is led by his father to learn to watch for the moon and to understand why it changes phases. The family relationships between David and his father, mother and siblings is portrayed in just the right way - happy, secure, joyful. Just right!
The lovely paintings, which are also by Jay, are pleasant and peaceful and full of joy. I especially love the facial expressions - so delightful! They are just right for reading to young children. My two year old, though the information was a little much for her was so delighted with the paintings she absolutely demanded I read the book to her. Our six year old was fascinated by the explanations and tried to figure out exactly how the moon worked. Our nine year old enjoyed reading it to his younger siblings, especially the science behind it all.
Jay Ryan is the author of Signs and Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy, an astronomy curriculum we'll be reviewing soon, and that is yet another thing that told me I'd love this children's book even before I opened it. Have you ever wondered why the old Landmark books are so, so good that they haven't been matched in decades? It's because they are each written by an expert in that field, instead of some so-called expert in children's books. There's something irresistible about a fanatic! In my experience, no one can pass on the joy and essense of a kind of knowledge better than someone who's made it a passion.
Moonfinder is a beautiful book that is sure to become a picture book classic. Beautiful paintings, science, family life, and nature study all combine to make a volume both boys and girls will love. This is one you need on your shelves! Highly recommended.
Hal & Melanie Young, authors of Raising Real Men:Surviving Teaching and Appreciating Boys
Author: Jay Ryan
Located in: Cleveland, Ohio
Submitted: September 29, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. I've been involved in popular astronomy writing since 1995. For five years, I was a Contributing Editor to Sky & Telescope magazine, the definitive mainstream astronomy periodical. I also created Signs & Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy, a Biblically-based homeschool astronomy curriculum also sold by Christianbook.com.
What was your motivation behind this project? My oldest son David was born in 1994. From the time Dave was a toddler, whenever the moon was out, I'd ask him "Where's the moon?" He'd look around the sky and try to find the moon. When he found it, I'd tell him,"You're a Moonfinder!" He would get so excited! It was a feeling of accomplishment! In 1997, I wrote Moonfinder to be loosely based on my own actual experiences with my son. It's a story about a little boy named David who learns about the phases of the moon with his dad. Thus, the story of Moonfinder is personally close to my heart, as it captures a time when my son was small.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? It's the simplest thing in the world to observe the cycle of the Moon's phases from night to night. However, busy Americans today never trouble themselves to look up, and the Moon is overlooked, and the simple order of its cycle is poorly understood. It's my hope that children (and their parents!) would rediscover the Moon's phases, and make observing God's creation part of their everyday lives.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It was a lot of work to create all those paintings over a four year period, and it was actually an act of worship. It was a joy to communicate this information, and I only pray that it succeeds in doing so.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? When our kids were small, we read all the great children's stories, such as "Goodnight Moon" and also the works of Virginia Lee Burton, to name a few. Artistically, I've always aspired to emulate the Hudson River School landscape artists of the 19th century, especially inspired by the works of Thomas Cole and Frederick Church.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Since 2002, we have offered a free astronomy email newsletter through our website. Classical Astronomy. Also, find us on Facebook!
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