How The Moon Regained Her Shape
This fascinating story influenced by Native American folktales explains why the moon changes shape and helps children deal with bullies. After the sun insults and bullies her, the moon feels so badly hurt that she shrinks and leaves the sky. The moon turns to a comet and her many friends on earth to comfort her. Her friends include rabbits and Native Americans. Then she regains her full shape, happiness, and self-esteem. The moon also returns to her orbit. An educational appendix called “For Creative Minds” gives advice about bullying, scientific information about the moon, and ideas for related crafts, recipes, and games for children.

Written by Janet Ruth Heller
Illustrated by Ben Hodson

32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 6-10, Grades 1-5
Lexile: - 660, AR: 3.4, RC: 3.5, F&P: N
Hardcover 9780976494348 $15.95  
Paperback 9781607187042 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553567 $9.95  
EBook 9781607182504 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628550818 $6.95  
Keywords:   astronomy, moon phases, bullying, Native American folklore, earth science, moon phases, months of year
Animals in the book:   -
Vetters:   Thanks to Wesley R. Swift, Jr., Observatory Director of the Von Braun Astronomical Society for reviewing the "For Creative Minds" section and verifying its accuracy.

''How the Moon Regained Her Shape has much to offer the young reader, and indeed, any adult reading the book with the child. While it does have a strong message, which becomes quite obvious rather soon in the book, there are many little lessons packed into very few pages. This work has won multiple awards and just one reading will allow the reader to know why.” – Books for Kids

“This is a tale for all ages. My five-year-old and eight-year-old both loved the story and plan to read it again and again. The book creators and publisher have produced an invaluable instrument in children's education.” – Front Street Reviews

“I would recommend this story. It is one of seeing yourself as who you were created to be. It could be a great springboard for discussion on different cultures and beliefs, how to gain confidence, and how to see ourselves through the eyes of God.” – The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Author/Illustrator Info:

Janet Ruth Heller (How the Moon Regained Her Shape) is the President of the Michigan College English Association. She has her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. Janet has taught creative writing, British and American literature, composition, literature for children, and women’s studies for 40 years at various colleges and universities, including Western Michigan University, Northern Illinois University, Michigan State University, and the University of Chicago. Janet has published poems and stories in many magazines and anthologies. She is a founding mother of Primavera, a literary magazine. Her book of literary criticism, Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama, was published in 1990 by the University of Missouri Press. She has also published two books of poetry, Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012). Visit her website at

Ben Hodson is an award-winning illustrator of nearly twenty books. He loves creating art and he also loves a good adventure, like hiking the Rocky Mountains with a team of rescued wild burros, living in a mountain village in Nepal, or drawing comics with youth in South Africa. Ben created the artwork for How the Moon Regained Her Shape using acrylic paints, handmade papers, old wallpaper, pencil crayons, gesso, and ink on watercolor paper. He illustrates full time from his home in Ottawa, Canada. Visit Ben's website.


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