A Full Moon Is Rising by Marilyn Singer

By Marilyn Singer

Contributor note: Illustrated by way of Julia Cairns
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A children's ebook takes readers on a whirlwind travel of the realm to find an awesome number of complete moon celebrations, ideals, customs, and proof. We'll stopover at India, Israel, Morocco, China, Australia, and lots of extra locations.

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If you “pinch” the moon between your thumb and forefinger and look through the narrow opening, you can also make the moon appear smaller. stAIRCAse to tHe mooN Broome, Australia Broome, in the northwestern region of Australia, is a small town famous for its pearls and for a natural phenomenon called the Staircase to the Moon. Along Broome’s coast are mudflats, lands that are left bare at low tides. When a full moon shines on the exposed mudflats, it creates the image of a staircase leading up to the moon through the sky.

But she knows it’s up there, with that special dimple. She’s seen its picture— Garavito crater, named for her favorite astronomer, and from her country too. She thinks, One day they’ll name a crater after me. She hopes, Or better yet, a new lunar sea. Coral Spawning Caribbean Sea, near Curaçao Time to check the wet suits, flippers, goggles, tanks. Time for the countdown rung by this fat moon. In two days, or four, or perhaps a few more, the sea will explode with tiny pink packets: the coral will spawn.

Lunar seas are actually large, dark plains of solidified lava from ancient volcanic eruptions. ” CoRAL sPAwNING Caribbean Sea, near Curaçao A single coral is a polyp—a small, tube-shaped animal that attaches itself to an underwater surface. Coral polyps typically live in colonies. Some species make hard outer cases, with the living polyps building theirs on top of dead coral cases, or skeletons, to create a reef. Around the time of the full moon from August through October, in the Caribbean Sea near the island of Curaçao, several types of corals spawn— they send into the water tiny, round, pink-colored packets containing both male and female cells.

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