Imagine the Moon:A Primer of Full Moon Names
About the Author

Gerald Fierst, a storyteller, author, and literacy educator, has worked in film, television, and theater and performed as a storyteller in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He is currently the Theater and Film Specialist for the WAE Center of the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled and resident storyteller at Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University. He has been a featured teller and ghost story teller at the National Storytelling Festival, a Storyteller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center, and has been a featured performer at Limmud, the European conference for Jewish education.


Leslie Stall Widener

Illustrator Leslie Stall Widener was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a legacy of her maternal grandmother. She has illustrated for numerous educational publishers and children's magazines. Her portfolio includes three books for young readers, including Greg Rodgers' Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache, which received a starred review in The Kirkus Reviews and was selected for the Alaska Spirit of Reading program. She lives with her husband, Terry, in McKinney, Texas.

Hardback ISBN 978-1-945268-02-1 $ 16.99

Release Date: May 10, 2017 (Flower Moon)

32 pages ● 8.5 x 11”
Full color throughout
Interest Level: Grades PreK-5 (age 4 to 10)
Reading Level, primary text: Grades PreK-1 (ages 4-6)
Reading Level, expository text: Grades 2-5 (ages 7-10)
BISAC Subject: JUV029000

Two-tiered format invites older students to explore astronomy and natural sciences while younger children will be drawn to the alluring artwork and lyrical text.

“The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to,” Carl Sandburg wrote. In fact, the moon has many of the traits we want in our friends—constant in its presence, reliable in its cycle, illuminating the changing seasons, and inspiring us to hope and dream.

The moon holds fascination for kids of all ages, as it is one of the few celestial objects we can see with the naked eye.  Students can easily observe its phases and rotation in order to understand the Earth-Sun-Moon system.

In a two-tiered format designed to enhance early learning, Gerald Fierst marries poetic imagery with fascinating expository text to create a compelling introduction to the calendar’s full moon names. Leslie Stall Widener’s richly detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations guide the reader through the natural rhythms of the changing seasons as illuminated under the full moon.

A well-done picture book that captures the allure of the moon for all ages while also providing upper elementary students with solid material.--School Library Journal

Even adults will be charmed by the deft combination of science, mythology, humor, and agricultural facts.--Kirkus Reviews