Sunday, June 15, 2014

Book Review: How the Moon Regained Her Shape by Janet Ruth Heller

How the Moon Regained Her Shape by Janet Ruth Heller/ Illustrated by Ben Hodson

"Influenced by Native American folktales, this story teaches the phases of the moon while emphasizing how to deal with bullies. After the sun insults her, the moon is hurt and disappears. With the help of her many friends, the moon regains her self-confidence each day until she is back to her full size.

2006 Children’s Choices Award (Children’s Book Council and Int’l. Reading Association) 2007 Ben Franklin Award (Publishers Marketing Association) 2007 Moonbeam Gold Award"
~Excerpt taken from Amazon.
Family Rating: 5 out of 5 "Moons"
From the emotionally engaging storyline to the beautiful illustrations, "How the Moon Regained Her Shape" was a delightful tale to share with my little ones. Janet Ruth Heller works magic with her storytelling skills, and Ben Hodson does an superb job bringing those words to life.

"How the Moon Regained Her Shape" merges Native American folktales with an anti-bullying message. The story begins with the moon happily dancing along the sky until she gets in the sun's way. The sun gets angry and says some very mean things to her causing her to feel unimportant. As a result, she retreats from the sky by shrinking. In order to bring her back, her friends try to help her realize how important she is. In addition to this wonderful story, the author includes a few pages dedicated to educating children about the moon, as well as a great tip sheet for dealing with bullies. Overall, this is a great book and we recommend adding this to your bookshelf.

 You can buy it here on Amazon: "How the Moon Regained Her Shape" by Janet Ruth Heller

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Jaclyn M. Bartz
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  2. Dear Jaclyn M. Bartz,

    Thank you so much for reviewing my book about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape, on your blog. I really appreciate your time and effort. I enjoy having my books read by other writers/illustrators for children because of your knowledge of the field.

    Best wishes for the summer to you and your family!

    Janet Ruth Heller, Ph.D.
    Author of the award-winning book for kids about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Arbordale, hardback--2006, paperback--2007, e-book, audio, and Spanish edition--2008, 3rd paperback edition and iPad app--2012)
    Website is