Last week I was delighted to pick up a copy of Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Elisa Paganelli. There are many new releases that celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, but this one takes a unique perspective. Here we see the moon as the queen of the night sky, but lonely, and longing for a friend. What young reader can’t relate to that? Moon watches as the earth forms and creatures appear. We see her showing her different faces, and even trying to attract attention by creating an eclipse. It takes some time, but Moon is finally rewarded for her patience with visitors. And as most friends do, the moon and the visitors exchange gifts. The enchanting and colorful illustrations complement the text and add another layer of interest.
The book is sure to raise questions, and many are answered in the extensive back matter that offers a timeline of the earth, lists the phases of the moon, and explains the different parts of the rocket that took the first visitors to the moon. A special bonus is a QR Code where young readers can listen to the words spoken by Neil Armstrong when he took his first step onto the moon.
This is one book that will engage even our youngest book lovers and awaken in them a curiosity about our universe.