Our Moon: New Discoveries About Earth’s Closest Companion by Elaine Scott

Published by Clarion Books


Summary:  Everything you ever wanted to know about the moon but were afraid to ask..  From the earliest ancient astronomers who observed Earth’s satellite with the naked eye to the scientists today who are trying to figure out a way to colonize the moon, Our Moon traces the history of humans’ lunar interactions.  It also looks at how the moon has also been studied to learn more about the history of the solar system, particularly after rocks and dust were brought back to Earth from the Apollo missions.  Back matter includes an extensive glossary and index and sources for further information.  72 pages; ages 10-13

Pros:  This book is positively dripping with information. The engaging writing style will appeal to researchers and browsers alike.  Filled with color photos, diagrams, and sidebars, this is nonfiction at its best.

Cons:  The subtitle makes it sound like this is a book about new discoveries about the moon, while that is actually only one small part of the whole.


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