Full Moon -- New Picture Book with Craft & Fun Facts


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Are you aware of a full moon? Does your mood change? Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you think everyone else has gone crazy? Or do you just enjoy seeing it? Today I get to share a beautiful new picture book recommended for ages 3 to 6. The book is Full Moon by Camilla Pintonanto. 

From the Publisher:

As the sun sets, the little gray rabbits are busy in their secret workshop, but what could they be making? Follow along as the rabbits prepare for the big event, inviting all of their forest friends to the celebration. The mice, foxes, porcupines, and other forest creatures gather as the full moon rises, and finally the big surprise is revealed. The little rabbits release beautiful paper lanterns into the sky, where they sparkle like stars in the light of the full moon.

Camilla Pintonato's endearing illustrations invite us into a secret world, where wonders take place while the humans are away and the animals play. Striking, full-spread images of the rising moon and sun illuminate the magical way the natural cycle of the sky unites us in wonder, giving children a connection to nature they can experience from anywhere in the world.

From Me:

This book is sweet and beautiful. The five gray rabbits are excited for the upcoming full moon and invite all their friends to their celebration. The story itself is very simple but the the illustrations are beautiful! I love how the book shows the excitement animals feel for the full moon. Just like people animals can be affected by the moon. I also love that the rabbits invite all the animals including the fox that would probably eat the rabbits.

The rabbits have a special surprise for the full moon! They have made paper lanterns that they set free to fly in the sky to light the sky even more. Their lanterns look like full moons! 

I love how this book shares the magic of the full moon and of the moon in general with younger kids. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is sweet. I know there is a full moon coming this week so it is the perfect time to check out this fun book!

Craft from Camilla Pintonato:

On the jacket of the book under the information about Camilla Pintonato is a note that there is a tutorial available for paper lanterns on the Princeton Architectural Press site. (The link for the tutorial is in bold print under the book's description.) I made one using her tutorial.

Fun Facts About the Full Moon:

  1. Every full moon has a name given by our ancestors who used it to track time among other things. In the past the month names were taken from the names of the moon but this changed with the Julian calendar. The names we use today were given by Native Americans. The names are not given just for the full moon but rather the lunar month. To see the names and reasons for the names as well as when they occur in 2021, check out the Farmers' Almanac.
  2. The full moon occurs when the sun and moon are on different sides of the Earth.
  3. The full moon lasts only moments when the moon is completely illuminated by the sun. However, the moon appears full a day before and a day after this moment. The moon is illuminated more than 98% so it is hard to distinguish.
  4. In some parts of the world the full moon occurs during the day.
  5. Due to the specific energy of each full moon our emotions, feelings and dreams are amplified. During a full moon the sun and moon oppose each other and this involves a lot of tension and friction. For many people the full moon is a time of balanced energies.
  6. The relationship between the moon and people’s behavior was noted by Hippocrates in the 5th century BCE. In the 18th century the full moon was a legal excuse for crimes in England including murder. It was on the grounds of lunacy.
  7. Some of our language for insanity has a moon influence. Lunatic by original definition was a person affected by insanity associated with the full moon or lunacy.
  8. The full moon is also responsible for bigger ocean tides and extreme meteorological conditions.
  9. There are two types of full moons: Supermoons and Micromoons. The Supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth (perigee). The Micromoon occurs when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth (apogee).

  10. NASA Supermoon comparison
    From NASA/JPL-Caltech, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

  11. During the full moon its usual shadows are not seen and the bright reflection outshines the stars so full moon is not the best time to make astronomical observations of the moon.
  12. Usually there is only one full moon a month, but when a second one occurs it is called a blue moon. The term blue moon was first used in the United States in 1818 in the Farmers’ Almanac.
  13. A blood moon is when a full moon during a lunar eclipse. It is given this name because of the reddish appearance on the near side of the moon. Blood moon is often used for any time the moon takes on a reddish color though.
  14. Blood Cresent Moon
    Blood Moon Photo By Jessie Eastland, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

  15. The harvest moon usually occurs in September and is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.
  16. The hunter’s moon is usually the full moon in October. It is the full moon following the harvest moon.
  17. Due to the rough surface of the moon the first and last quarter moon is not half as bright as the full moon. It is only one eleventh as bright.
  18. 2.4 days before and after a full moon the moon appears to be half as bright as a full moon.
  19. The rising moon is not any bigger than the moon when it is overhead. The larger appearance is actually an illusion.