Once juniors reach a certain age range, such as 4-5 years old, they become more curious about their surroundings. They start to ask questions about why things are acting the way they are. They’re even more intrigued when they see events where things are not acting the way they normally do. For example, in the northern hemisphere of our earth, it’s quite common for you see the moon in a clear blue sky even though the sun is still shining.
Today, I will share about a brand new storybook, entitled Katrins Colorful Moon Story, that offers a unique perspective about how you’d explain such event to your juniors.
Katrins Colorful Moon Story
The story revolves around a little girl named Katrins and her cat, Clemens. They live in a nice part of town where they have a good view of both the surrounding houses and the sky from their room.
One night, as they’re falling asleep, they hear a mysterious sound entering their room through the window. After taking a brave move to turn on the lights, they find out that a yellow boy is floating around the room, taking all of Katrins’ color crayons. The boy introduces himself as Moritz, a good friend of the moon.
Moritz explains that he is just trying to help the moon who is eager to see more colors. Apparently, due to its “schedule” to appear at nighttime, the moon only gets to see the dark parts of our Earth. Katrins doesn’t believe the story, but decides to just forget about the entire event and go to bed. The next morning, she finds that some of her crayons are indeed missing.
The following night, Moritz returns and takes Katrins’ brand new handheld console. He complains that the moon didn’t see the colors of the crayon, and now he’s trying to find a replacement for them.
Katrins is a bit upset that Moritz forced himself in and snatched away her stuff without her permission. She spends the next day wondering what makes the moon unable to see the colors like she does.
As the night approaches, Katrins patiently waits for Moritz to visit her again. She knows that the moon will not be satisfied with the handheld console that Moritz took the night before.
When Moritz appears, Katrins explains how colors are perceived by our eyes, and it is the lack of sunlight that causes the moon to see our world in black and white. She even tells Moritz to experiment with the lights to see how things in her room change color as they turn the lights on and off.
Katrins also suggests the moon show up once in a while during daytime, so that he could see the colors of our world under the bright sunlight. When the moon shows up the next morning, Katrins knows that Moritz will no longer bother her at night again. Now we know why the moon sometimes shows up alongside the sun at daytime: it’s because he wants to see the beautiful colors of our world.
Parents Need to Know
This storybook has a default setting that is different from other storybooks. Here, the narrative text is hidden by default, so you need to toggle the "abc" icon on the bottom right corner if you want to switch on the text display.
As your juniors read the story, I’d suggest you to accompany them. There are good dialogs between Katrina and Moritz as the app tries to insert real science facts. Here’s how Katrins explains light and color to Moritz:
Colors are only visible because of light. Things have colors only because part of the light that shines on them is reflected into our eyes
And here’s what Katrins advises Moritz to tell the moon:
Why doesn’t the moon come visit the earth during the day? Is he always busy or did he have a fight with the sun?
Things I Like
I like the three mini games that are designed to be contextual with the story. For example, there is a game where you need to help Katrins put her crayons back into the respective placeholders by matching the colors. Another example is a color mixing game where you can mix two basic water paint colors to produce a new one.
I really like the last game where you can compare the same exact illustration when the light is on and when the light is off. By toggling the light switch, juniors can learn the concept of the relationship between colors and light. I personally think the illustrations are very beautiful, both the colorful one and the colorless one.
The story also sets a good example by showing how Katrins tries to find the answers to her own questions by reading a book about colors. As an advocate for instilling self-learning skills in my juniors, I really appreciate this.
Katrins Colorful Moon Story is a beautifully illustrated storybook with an original tale about the moon’s desire to see the colorful side of our world. It offers a creative explanation about why the moon may be visible during daytime, and at the same time explains how we perceives colors. It’s really a nice storybook that I’d recommend.
Get Katrins Colorful Moon Story on the App Store.
Thanks to Tiny Touch Tales for sharing the storybook with us. My three-year-old Philip really enjoyed the story.