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Author: Janet Ruth Heller, Ph.D.
Bullying is something real that exists in our world. For children, this can only be sheer torture. The story is presented in a way children can truly understand and find helpful.
The moon danced across the face of the sun and he responded harshly – calling her an “ugly scarecrow” and telling her that no one needed her. The moon apologized, but the sun’s words still haunt her. She loses her spark and soon becomes a “sliver of her former self.”
A comet friend is worried and decides to visit his friend. When he learns what has happened, he suggests “Round Arms,” who lives “at the foot of mountain.” With directions, the moon makes her way to find the woman who can possibly help her.
Round Arms and the moon have tea that “tasted like mint and ginger” – “the moon felt refreshed.” She told Round Arms about what the sun had done. Round Arms hugs the moon and takes her hand. The moon would be taken to a place where she could “hear what those that love you are saying.”
The moon soon learns that she is loved and missed. She takes the healing words of those that miss her back to the sky. “Now, whenever someone insults her and she dwindles, she remembers her good friends on earth. Then the moon regains her strength and fullness.”
In the back of the book, Sylvan Dell Publishing has added something for “the creative minds.” The moon observations, moon phases, and moon projects are presented in a way that should engage children, parents, and teachers for discussions.
The illustrator, Ben Hodson, did a superb job with the book. It’s simple, colorful, and would capture the eye of even the youngest reader.
The book displays the “Children’s Choices” award and is available in hardcover for $15.95 at your local bookstore.
The above review was contributed by: Sue Vogan, Writer & Author of NCO-No Compassion Observed: To read more of Sue's reviews Click Here