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Phrases of the Moon

illus. by Jori van der Linde. 32p. Creative Company. Sept. 2018. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781568463117.
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Gr 3–5—Filled with poems and myths about the moon, this collection is a mix of engaging imagery, interesting tidbits, and origin stories, sure to entice many readers. The entries range from the whimsical—how long it would take to drive to the moon?—to haiku about the sounds heard at bedtime. The second half of the book features various myths about the moon from "The Man in the Moon, a German Tale," to "Why There Are Fireflies, a Japanese Myth." The illustrations use an array of purples and blues, highlighting a cool nighttime feeling. Most of the lines follow an ABAB format, but all have a delightful rhythm to them. This is a short, eclectic mix of inspirational tales and poems that could offer many curriculum connections among mythology, poetry, and creative writing.
VERDICT A solid purchase for elementary poetry collections.

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