New Moon's Family

Children - Fable
32 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2020
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Author Biography

Erika Lynn Adams was born in Helmstedt, Germany in 1986, but has lived in America since 1988. Before she was two years old, she was diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder, a central auditory condition that effects the way the brain takes in and processes information. As it impacted her memory retention and ability to understand through sound alone, this made reading next to impossible in her early years, and vocal communication and the forming of strong relationships with others a challenge as well.

Ironically, APD is what helped to inspire and shape Adams' love of stories and a passion for exploring the various methods of storytelling - cinema, music, and interactive gaming, as well as literature - namely how and why they reach people on a deeper level when real life is unable to.

When not writing books, she produces and hosts a non-profit storytelling radio show: The Tale Collector​, on KTWH 99.5.

She currently lives and writes in Duluth, MN and regularly indulges in anime, vintage science fiction, and Mexican food.

    Book Review

Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite

New Moon’s Family by Erika Adams, illustrated by Eric Soderstrom, tells the story in poem form of New Moon who is indeed a new moon. New Moon is lonely and sad, hidden away as she is in the darkness of the night sky and the shadow of the world, where no one can see her. She is jealous of the Sun who, since the beginning of the world, has lit the day and whom everyone loves. New Moon is inconsolable, crying, and miserable. But, the Sun is wise and loving and wants to help New Moon to understand that she is not alone but part of a family group that serves an important purpose, adding to the beauty of the night sky and our planet.

New Moon’s Family by Erika Adams is a beautiful picture book and a joy to read! Eric Soderstrom's illustrations are particularly imaginative and will enthrall younger readers. The poem that tells the story is wonderfully and skillfully written by the author. It reminds me of children’s books from when I was a young reader, in which the stories being told and the pictures went hand-in-hand. Not only does it teach readers a very human lesson about friendship and familial relationships and love, but it also teaches, still in poem form, about the monthly changes or phases that we can see in the moon and what each phase is called. Readers, young and old alike, are taught an astronomy lesson in a gorgeous book that would be an attractive addition to the bookshelf and a sure favorite of bedtime reading.