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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Mae is a happy little girl. There are a lot of things she loves to do, depending on the season. She loves building sandcastles on the beach in the summer and sledding in the winter. But perhaps her favorite thing to do is to look at the moon. The moon fills her head with curious thoughts, which is perhaps why she’s called Moonshadow Mae. As moonbeams warm her feet at night, Mae dreams of flying to the moon. She believes the moon is her “happy go-to place”. She reads about the moon and learns about its shape and size and about the first astronauts who walked on the moon. She knows she’ll have to study a lot more if she wants to someday go into space and really visit the moon.
Rosie Russell’s picture book story, Moonshadow Mae, is an endearing story about a little girl and her fascination with the moon. Told in rhyming verse and accompanied by spectacular illustrations, this story will definitely appeal to the young reader. The story has an interesting plot which develops alongside some interesting facts about the moon and space travel. The end of the book has some ‘Fun Facts’ about the moon and there are detailed instructions on how to make moon rocks like the ones illustrated in the story. There is even a recipe for Homemade Moon Pie Sandwiches, which sound delicious, and a list of resources to help young readers learn more about the moon. This is an engaging book to interest young people in learning about the moon.