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Moonflower Revised
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The Moonflower

by Peter Loewer
illustrated by Jean Loewer

When the sun sets, the night comes alive.

As the moon shimmers down, bats swoop, hawkmoths flit, owls hunt, and the moonflower unfurls for its one night in the moonlight. In this lyrical yet accurate account of nature at night, readers will learn how moths drink, how bats “see,” how bumblebees sleep, how vines climb, and even how to plant your own moonflower.

Husband and wife Peter and Jean Loewer are writers and illustrators who deal with the natural world. The Loewers have collaborated on two other children’s books: Pond Water Zoo and The Inside-Out Stomach.

Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-101-0
Publication Date: 4/1/2019
Page Count: 32
Size: 10 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
F&P: P, Gr 3, Genre I
Lexile: 1070L
Themes: Flowers, Nocturnal Animals, Pollination
BISAC 1: JNF037030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Flowers & Plants
BISAC 2: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 3: JNF003000  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General


“The lyrical text describes the nighttime activity surrounding the plant with magical overtones that remain true to nature’s nocturnal cycles. Brief information given in the text is supported by facts in vertical sections on one side of the double-page spreads.” ―School Library Journal

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Meet the Author

Peter Loewer earned a Max Beckmann fellowship to attend Brooklyn Art School, where he received a BFA in graphics. He has written eighteen books on gardening and has authored dozens of magazine and newspaper articles on the subject. He also serves on the editorial advisory board of The American Horticultural Society. Loewer lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

Jean Loewer received a BFA in painting and a certificate in art education from Hunter College. She has illustrated ten children’s books, taught art in public schools as well as adult education classes, and now works as a children’s librarian. She lives in North Carolina.