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by Jay Ryan
Let me start off by saying that my 7 year old son, Caleb, absolutely loves this book! It's right up his alley. Moonfinder is the story of a little boy who learns about the phases of the moon with his dad. It masterfully combines solid science (which my boy enjoys) with a fun story - truly a living book, for those of you utilizing the Charlotte Mason method. Each page includes a gorgeous full-color illustration (painted by the author) depicting the location and appearance in the sky of the moon at each phase, along with "celestial" views showing the corresponding position of the moon in it's orbit around the earth. I LOVE this book!
Thw following is a description by Jay Ryan, author of Moonfinder:
"With Moonfinder, every member of the family can learn how to follow the monthly cycle of the moon's phase. Moonfinder is different from other children's picture books about the phases of the moon. Moonfinder was created specifically to show how the moon's phases change over the passing days, as the moon changes its position in the sky."
The story includes a "technical interlude" with a "celestial view" that shows the moon in its orbit around the earth. In this way, Moonfinder explains the astronomy behind the moon's changing phases that correspond to the changing positions of the moon in the sky. The story also includes a colophon at the end with more detailed information for continuing your study of the moon and its phases. Moonfinder depicts the actual appearances of the moon as it follows its monthly cycle. Learn how to observe the cycle of the moon in the sky. Additionally, Moonfinder presents this lesson in the context of a heartwarming story of a son learning with his father about this important aspect of the natural world. Thus, Moonfinder presents a positive image of a boy learning with his dad. Perhaps Moonfinder will inspire other dads to use this story with their own children, and to become proactive with helping their kids cultivate an interest in science and nature.
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