The Moonlight Kingdom

A Journey Among the Planets Around Us

Children - Educational
32 Pages
Reviewed on 03/07/2019
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

The sun’s sister, Moon, is sad. She doesn’t know her place in the universe; she doesn’t understand her purpose. Sun invites Moon to join her on a journey through the universe to meet the other planets in this solar system. She introduces Moon to Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Mars and all of the other planets, explaining with care the purpose and responsibility of each planet. There is a role for every planet: Mercury looks after trade and money; Venus takes care of beauty and love; Mars protects the Kingdom; and so on. Each planet is named after a Roman god, sharing the attributes of that specific god. After the journey, Moon is still sad. She still doesn’t understand her role in the universe. Sun explains to Moon that they both have an important job to do and once Moon learns her important job, she is happy and shines a bright smile.

Shahar Levy’s picture book story, The Moonlight Kingdom: A Journey Among the Planets Around Us, is an interesting way to introduce young readers to the wonders of our solar system. Using the Sun and Moon as the main characters, travelling amongst the planets, the author creates an aura of wonder and excitement that will be passed on to young readers. The colorful illustrations are spectacular and certainly help present the plot. At the end, there is a glossary that discusses the origin of the planets’ names, and some interesting facts about each planet and their position in the solar system. This is an interesting and creative way to introduce young readers to the solar system.

Keesha Clayton Harris

The Moonlight Kingdom:A Journey Among the Planets Around Us is a fascinating children’s book explaining the role of each planet including the moon. The illustrations were beautifully expressed. They capture the attention of children without even reading the words. I felt this was a great hook to use to introduce a lesson on the solar system

Rich Linville

Beautifully illustrated story about the planets in our solar system and the moon of earth.