Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite
New Moon’s Family by Erika Adams, illustrated by Eric Soderstrom, tells the story in poem form of New Moon who is indeed a new moon. New Moon is lonely and sad, hidden away as she is in the darkness of the night sky and the shadow of the world, where no one can see her. She is jealous of the Sun who, since the beginning of the world, has lit the day and whom everyone loves. New Moon is inconsolable, crying, and miserable. But, the Sun is wise and loving and wants to help New Moon to understand that she is not alone but part of a family group that serves an important purpose, adding to the beauty of the night sky and our planet.
New Moon’s Family by Erika Adams is a beautiful picture book and a joy to read! Eric Soderstrom's illustrations are particularly imaginative and will enthrall younger readers. The poem that tells the story is wonderfully and skillfully written by the author. It reminds me of children’s books from when I was a young reader, in which the stories being told and the pictures went hand-in-hand. Not only does it teach readers a very human lesson about friendship and familial relationships and love, but it also teaches, still in poem form, about the monthly changes or phases that we can see in the moon and what each phase is called. Readers, young and old alike, are taught an astronomy lesson in a gorgeous book that would be an attractive addition to the bookshelf and a sure favorite of bedtime reading.