FICTION

The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon: A Story about Friendship and Loving Our Earth

Little Pickle. Feb. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781492698739.
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K-Gr 3–Humans impact the planet in significant ways every day; sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to adjust these behaviors for the better. Sophia is a thoughtful young girl who often thinks about the moon. One evening, she and the moon begin a conversation, and a friendship quickly grows from it. As time goes by, Sophia recognizes that the moon is not only blue in color but is also blue in disposition. When she asks the orb what is wrong, Sophia is invited to see Earth as the moon sees it: beautiful, but in distress. Upon her return, Sophia is inspired to work with others to preserve Earth for generations to come. Climate change is a real concern for humans as the population of the earth increases every day. With limited resources and the undeniable effects of global warming, it is clear that something has to give. This beautifully poetic story introduces young children to the reality of global warming in an accessible and encouraging way. Rhyming phrases and soft, muted colors make this a perfect bedtime read. At the end of the book, readers will find more detailed information about climate change and what humans can do in their daily lives to help mitigate this problem. To enhance the moon’s perspective, quotes from astronauts who have seen Earth from space adorn the final pages.
VERDICT Elementary school classrooms will find this a valuable addition to their Earth Day collections.

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