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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Luna Lucy, written by Lisa Van Der Wielen and illustrated by Joseph Hopkins, is the delightful story of a little girl named Lucy and her dog Neptune who are very interested in the moon and how it changes. Lucy’s father encourages her to draw the moon every night in all of its phases. The little girl sits outside each night with Neptune and draws what she sees in the sky, noting the moon’s changes in appearance and size. She notices that the beginning phases are similar and once the moon reaches its full roundness, the process goes backward until it disappears again. How will this knowledge help Lucy? Is there a useful purpose for her sketchbook? Will anyone else be interested in the similarities and differences in the moon’s different shapes?
I loved Luna Lucy by Lisa Van Der Wielen; a very well thought out children’s story that addresses the concept of the phases of the moon. The illustrations by Joseph Hopkins allow the young reader to get to know the characters and plot through the amazing images as Lisa Van Der Wielen describes them. I loved how the author and illustrator work hand in hand in Luna Lucy, as each image is clear, easy to relate to, and makes the story very easy for a child to follow and enjoy. Most of all, as a mom and a teacher myself, I love the educational angle to Luna Lucy and would love to see this story in classrooms to help young children see how easy it is to think with a scientific mind. I recommend Luna Lucy by Lisa Van Der Wielen to anyone with children and hope to read many more children’s stories like this one in the future.