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Reviewed by Carola Crawford, English Teacher, Karanga Mai Young Parents’ College
Opening sentence
One clear afternoon, Abigail thought of a big question.
This book is a comforting fusion of science and mythology. Without fudging the science, Abigail’s father explains to his daughter how the Moon was created, through a story about Mother Earth and the violent creation of her Moon child. I particularly liked that this story of maternal love is told by a father to his child.

The full-page illustrations are dramatic and visually engaging and enhance understanding of scientific concepts, such as how water and minerals originated on our planet. This would be a very useful book to introduce a topic on planets in the junior school and a lovely book to share with a curious pre-schooler.
Author & Illustrator: Illustrator: Sarah Wilkins
Publisher: Puffin, Penguin Random House NZ
ISBN: 978-0-14-377952-0
Format: Paperback
Publication: April 2023
Ages: 3–7