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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Moon Girl by Beatrix S. Tambunan is an illustrated story about two sisters, Moon Girl, and her sister, Sun Girl. Moon Girl is jealous of her sister because she seems to be more popular with the creatures of the day. Moon Girl’s creatures only come out at night. So Moon Girl leaves Earth’s moon and travels to Jupiter, where she has heard there are many moons. She thinks that her life will be much better there and she will be appreciated more for all the work she does. However, although Jupiter has twelve moons, things are not quite as they seem for Moon Girl. When she returns to Earth she finds she has been missed, and she is welcomed back by her sister and the night creatures who have been waiting for her to light up the night.
The author, Beatrix s. Tambunan, has created a simple yet gentle story which is really about discontentment. Moon Girl thinks she is not valued in her work, and decides that Jupiter with its twelve moons will offer her a better existence. It’s only when she gets there and realises there are no creatures on Jupiter’s moons that she realises how much she missed Earth’s moon and her life there. This is cleverly written to bring home the fact that however useless or ineffective a person might feel, there is always someone who will miss them and their absence will affect others, even if they don’t realise it at the time. The story is ultimately about recognising our own self-worth and the importance of family.