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Moon's First Friends
One Giant Leap for Friendship
By (author): Susanna Leonard Hill Illustrated by: Elisa Paganelli
9781492656807 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century Jun 04, 2019
$25.50 CAD
Active 10 x 10 x 0.41 in | 510 gr 40 pages Sourcebooks Sourcebooks Wonderland

A heartwarming story about a friendship-seeking moon that also commemorates the extraordinary 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission! Now a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller!

From high up in the sky, the Moon has spent her whole life watching Earth and hoping for someone to visit. Dinosaurs roam, pyramids are built, and boats are made, but still no one comes. The Moon can't help but wonder...will friends ever come visit her? Until one day a spaceship soars from Earth...and so does her heart.

Learn about the spaceflight that first landed humans on the moon through this heartwarming story about friendship! Filled with adorable illustrations and charming text, this moon book for kids is a must-have for parents and teachers alike searching for new preschool solar system books and astronaut books for toddlers.

Why readers loveMoon's First Friends:
  • An educational and heartwarming story about the first moon landing told from the unique perspective of the Moon itself!
  • Educational back matter includes out-of-this world facts about the moon, space flight, and the individuals who made the mission possible
  • A scannable QR code allows readers to listen to the exciting countdown to Apollo 11's liftoff
  • Susanna Leonard Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Moon's First Friends, as well as many other award-winning books for children. She does frequent school and library visits, teaches picture book writing, and offers picture book critiques. She lives in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley with her children and two rescue dogs. Elisa Paganelli attended the Art Institute in Modena and the illustration course at IED European Institute of Design in Turin, Italy, and has worked as a creative designer since she was a young student. Over the years, she has run a design shop and studio, received awards as a young female entrepreneur, and today works as an illustrator full time from her office accompanied by her dogs and cats.

    "This cheerful title introduces a rosy-cheeked, eye-lashed 'Queen of the Night Sky,' lonely after 4.5 billion years of silvery bright solitude. Elisa Paganelli's textured digital artwork extends the winsome story with a cozy version of space, a soothing, star-speckled blue rather than bottomless black, and watched over by the eager, anthropomorphized "queen," who cheers as the Eagle lands right between her eyes." - The New York Times

    "This is a story for young readers. It anthropomorphizes the moon, making her a character in the tale of the lunar landing. It's remarkably sweet, and kids ages 2 to 5 will love it.
    " - Romper

    "Set apart by its unusual point of view... Appended notes on the moon, NASA, spacesuits, and the Saturn V rocket also help to give the historic mission some background." - Kirkus Reviews

    "In this playful book, the anthropomorphized moon watches humans from afar and eagerly notes as they invent the first airplane, build rockets and prepare to take the first tentative steps on her surface. Through text and informative back matter, young readers learn fascinating facts about the moon, astronauts and the space program.
    " - Washington Parent

    "For the littlest sky-watcher "The Moon's First Friends" by Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli, gives the orb a certain friendliness. Through the centuries, as this tale goes, the moon observed everything that happened on Earth, occasionally razzle-dazzling humans until finally, she had visitors! This is a cute story and, for curious 3-to-5-year-olds, there's a nice afterword you can read, too.
    " - Bookworm Sez

    "A cute story [that] manages to deliver some facts (including how solar eclipses work!) seamlessly within the narrative.
    " - Panetary.org

    "In Paganelli's friendly illustrations, the moon is an anthropomorphic, bright-eyed blue sphere with rosy cheeks who communicates with the changing world throughout history." - Publishers Weekly

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