________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 12 . . . .February 18, 2005


Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Moon.

Joan Marie Galat. Illustrated by Lorna Bennett.
North Vancouver, BC: Whitecap Books, 2004.
64 pp., pbk., $16.95.
ISBN 1-55285-610-0.

Subject Heading:
Moon-Folklore-Juvenile literature.
Moon-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-11.

Review by Georgie Perigny.

*** /4



Ancient people created myths to explain the mysteries of the world around them the weather, the seasons, and the origins of nature. Their observations of the Moon and the stories they told allow us a glimpse into the minds of long-ago cultures.


Have you ever gazed into the beautiful white orb and marvelled at the moon's existence? Have you ever wondered where the story about the man on the moon came about? Find the answers in Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Moon by Joan Marie Galat. Stories of the Moon is the Albertan author's third book for the "Dot to Dot in the Sky" series. Galat's fascination with astronomy has led her to write this book as a means to educate readers about the Moon. The book can be meant as a classroom support or simply for recreational reading. The "Dot to Dot" series teaches children about astronomy and mythology in an interesting and exciting way. If you still want to learn more about the mysteries of the skies Galat's next book in the series will be Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Zodiac.

internal art     Stories of the Moon is a nonfiction book filled with mythological stories from around the world and distinctive facts about geology, tides, Moon phases, eclipses and much more. The book allows readers to learn interesting and important facts while appreciating the cultures and beliefs among people around the world. Stories of the Moon is a well-organized book that captures readers' attention with its beautiful colored illustrations. A night sky border with the text and the illustrations captured inside beautifully surrounds each page. The book includes a table of contents which reveals the organization of the moon myths as well as a separate table of contents to reveal the facts. The 64-page book contains nine different myths with scientific facts distributed in a coloured text box amongst the pages. To assist the reader with greater understanding, the book contains a glossary as well as information about the author and illustrator.

Highly Recommended.

Georgie Perigny, a Teacher's Assistant at Eckville Elementary School in Eckville, AB, is currently obtaining her Bachelor of Education degree through the University of Alberta at Red Deer College.

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