Make it a Splendid Week: Strawberry Moon

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According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, be on the lookout for the next full moon this Friday, June 5! This special full moon is traditionally called the Strawberry Moon, named by Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries

What a wonderful week to be gazing upward, especially after the successful launch this past weekend which sent two NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, on a test mission to help prove the systems meet NASA’s requirements for certification to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and back!

This week’s edition of Make It a Splendid Week features artwork and a piece of creative writing with the artists’ sights set towards the skies. We hope you make plans to see this special full moon or notice it’s unique shapes throughout the waxing and waning process as described by Sydney – Make it a Splendid Week!

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Trees in the Night Sky
Lillyan, age 9

Seven Ways of Looking at the Moon

The full moon is round like a basketball
shining light on people in the night. 

The half-moon looks like a half-eaten pie
sitting there waiting to be eaten. 

The new moon is like a necklace
hanging down from someone’s neck. 

The crescent moon is like a crescent roll
that smells like toast popping out of the toaster.  

The waxing moon is kinda like a slingshot
shooting paper.  

The waning moon is like someone
pushing a beach ball on the beach.  

The quarter moon is like the tip of a fingernail
with turquoise blue polish. 

-Sydney, age 11


This entry is a part of our series “Make it a Splendid Week”! Follow along weekly to enjoy excerpts from The Splendid Review, an anthology of poems, short stories and autobiographies written by talented young writers engaged in the Periwinkle Arts In Medicine Program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers.


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