How the Moon Became Dim

Ruth Wise­man; Clin­ton G. Bow­ers, illus.
  • Review
By – May 9, 2017

The read­er dis­cov­ers in this sweet tale that the sun and the moon were cre­at­ed to reside in the sky and to light the world, but were not designed to be the same size or to cast the same glow. The moon, eager to be the brighter of the two, dis­cuss­es the dis­crep­an­cy with God and is told that she is to be the small­er and dim­mer and will shine only at night. Dis­ap­point­ed at first, the moon begins to think about what serv­ing God tru­ly means and begins to see all the incred­i­ble bless­ings and joys pos­si­ble in her very spe­cial role. With stars to accom­pa­ny her, the pow­er of the tides, the abil­i­ty to wax and wane, a gen­tle light, a spe­cial con­nec­tion to hol­i­days and time, and oth­er unique advan­tages, she under­stands that every one of God’s cre­ations has its own essen­tial part to play and each is impor­tant and irreplaceable. 

With deep, rich, jew­el-toned art which seems to cast a glow of its own accom­pa­ny­ing the text of this empow­er­ing tale, the author and illus­tra­tor present a sto­ry which will help every child see that he or she has a vital place in the scheme of life, dis­cour­ag­ing envy and encour­ag­ing con­fi­dence and high morale. 

An activ­i­ty which teach­es phas­es of the moon is append­ed as is a note about the ancient text on which the sto­ry is based. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 3 – 7.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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