Thursday, September 8, 2011

Book Review: Sun and Moon

Sun and Moon by Athena Yvette Portillo is a children's book that introduces the basic characteristics of the sun and moon.  It is set in a conversational tone, with Sun and Moon telling each other what makes them unique.

While the age range is listed as 4-8 years old, and technically the statements that sun and moon make about themselves and each other are true, this is a very simple preschool book, and would not make a beneficial contribution as a science supplement, which is what I was hoping for when I chose it.

The conversation is easy enough for an adult to follow, but I'm not sure a beginner reader would be able to follow along if reading independently, as there are a few times that Sun and Moon take turns describing themselves with statements like "I'm a satellite.  I'm a star." that are not introduced or followed with a "Sun said..." type statement.  For a child that doesn't know which feature belongs to Sun and which belongs to Moon, this might be confusing.  There is a slight difference in the font to distinguish who is speaking, but even I had a hard time seeing it.

That being said, it is a sweet rhyming book with charming black and white illustrations.  Elliott happened to see it on the kitchen table the day I got it, and while the boys were doing chalk drawings, the cover inspired him to draw his own sun and moon.  In one day, I've read it twice, so it was interesting enough to the 4 year old to ask for a repeat.

*I received a complimentary copy of Sun and Moon by Athena Yvette Portillo as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team in exchange for my honest review.  Visit to learn how to become a member of the Book Review team.

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