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Activity: More Faux Phases II

Children's picture books often depict the moon's phase in error. See Bad Moons Rising for an explanation of these erroneous illustrations.  

The Story What's wrong 
with this picture? 
Bats Around the Clock

Author: Kathi Appelt
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet

Harper Collins Publishers

"The clock struck twelve...and the midnight hour ended..."  Afterward, everyone went home.  
Ghost's Hour, Spook's Hour

Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: Donald Carrick

Clarion Books

At "twelve o'clock, midnight" the nearly full moon is low and casting "moon shadows on the ceiling."  
The Moon Seems to Change

Author: Franklyn M. Branley
Illustrators: Barbara and Ed Emberley

Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.

This otherwise excellent book on moon phases suggests a waning crescent can only be seen "at night--long after we're usually asleep."  It also takes the liberty of omitting the gibbous phase in its list.  
Petey's Bedtime Story

Author: Beverly Cleary
Illustrator: David Small

William Morrow and Company, Inc.

Presumably in the evening (suggested by events in the story) the father drives to the hospital.  
lewisclark8.jpg (30904 bytes) lewisclark10.jpg (38806 bytes) [Publishing info to be uploaded.] A moon is visible low on the horizon throughout the story.  Shown are Day Eight of an adventure and two days later at Day Ten.  
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Why Does the Moon Change Its Shape?

Author: Patricia Murphy

The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.

Two images are described as the near side and far side of the moon.

A series of images depict the phases of the moon.

Image accompanies description of a lunar eclipse.


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