What Is The Full Moon Full Of?

By Shulamith Levey Oppenheim

Illustrated by Cyd Moore

Boyds Mills Press

*This book is out of print, but may be available in your favorite used bookstore on on Amazon used books.

Book Description

While taking a walk outdoors with his grandmother before bedtime, Jonas hears many animals give different answers to his question.  Under a magical full moon, Jonas and his Nana set off to walk through the quiet woods before bed. When Jonas asks his Nana, “What is the full moon full of?” he gets some very surprising answers! Everyone from bear, to cow, to robin, to firefly has an idea. Before he is tucked into bed, Jonas and Nana will come up with their own ideas. And before you go to sleep, you can too!


The Horn Book, Inc.

Jonas’s question receives a chorus of answers, first from a squirrel (nuts), then a cow (milk and cream), a robin (worms), and so on. A celestial midnight palette casts a luminous glow as it paints the moon in many imaginative guises, but Jonas’s airy conclusion (“I think [the moon] is full of whatever anyone wants it to be full of”) leaves the question open for readers.


School Library Journal

A gentle story of a magical moment shared by a grandmother and her grandson, Jonas. On a nighttime stroll beneath the full moon, the boy wonders aloud what the full moon is full of. A red squirrel votes for nuts, a cow for milk and cream, a robin for worms, a frog for flies, a bear cub for honey, and a firefly for light. Quietly yet effectively, the tale builds to the final, most important question: What does Jonas think the full moon is full of? Moore’s watercolor and colored-pencil drawings realistically capture the peace of a quiet walk in the moonlight as they winsomely illustrate the youngster’s imaginary conversations with the various animals. They extend the story with fanciful depictions of a sky full of floating cows, a frog resting his feet on Saturn’s rings, milk and cream pouring from a trap door in the moon, and the bright green striped pajama-clad boy enjoying the zero gravity of outer space. The large format and full-page illustrations make this an excellent choice for storytimes.

-Peggy Morgan, The Library Network, Southgate, MI


Kathleen Kelly – Children’s Literature

When Jonas and his grandmother take a walk through the nighttime woods, they can’t help but wonder what the moon is made of. A host of talking animals offers their opinions in this gentle fantasy, and their answers are sure to delight and surprise. From the cow who thinks that the moon is full of “milk and cream”, to the firefly, who is sure that the moon is pure light, the suggestions and the exuberant illustrations which accompany them are sure to catch the imagination of any child. The combination of Moore’s delightful watercolors with Oppenheim’s often lyrical text makes this a sure bet for bedtime.