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How the Moon Regained Her Shape

Influenced by Native American folktales, this delightful story emphasizes dealing with adversity, building self-confidence, and understanding the phases of the moon. After the sun insults her, the moon becomes upset and disappears. It is with the help of her many friends that the moon finds strength to build her self-confidence and to regain her full size. The "Creative Minds" section explains the phases of the moon and has crafts and games to supplement the understanding. The "For Creative Minds" Section includes: Moon Observations & Fun Facts, Native American names for full moons, How to deal with Bullies, Moon Projects: Lunar Calendar, Moon Cookies, Understanding the Moon Phases with a graphic, Viewing the Phases with a Moon Circle Graphic, Lunar Graphic. All Sylvan Dell titles feature free educational resources at, including the "For Creative Minds" sections and additional teaching activities.
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Ben Hodson is an award-winning illustrator of nearly twenty books. He loves creating art and he also loves a good adventure, like hiking the Rocky Mountains with a team of rescued wild burros, living in a mountain village in Nepal, or drawing comics with youth in South Africa. Ben created the artwork for How the Moon Regained Her Shape using acrylic paints, handmade papers, old wallpaper, pencil crayons, gesso, and ink on watercolor paper. He illustrates full time from his home in Ottawa, Canada. Visit Ben's website: http: //


"Janet Heller's book is based on an American Indian legend about the Moon, with characters including celestial objects, such as the Sun and a comet. Native Americans restore a diminished Moon to her rightful place in the heavens, by showing her how much creatures on Earth depend upon her light and enjoy her beauty." -- Marsha Freeman "Science Books & Films" This is a wonderful story with outstanding illustration and usefulness. - Children's Literature The book is lavishly illustrated, by Ben Hodson... Very worthwhile are the instructions at the end of the book on how to observe the Moon, and projects for creating a lunar calendar and directions for illustrating the cycles of the Moon in the night sky. - Science Books & Films Bullied by the sun, the once cheerful moon dwindles until helped by numerous women. Both the folktale-like story and the art are clearly influenced by Native American culture. The mixed-media illustrations are attractive. - Horn Book Guide

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