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If You Decide to Go to the Moon : Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards) - Faith McNulty

If You Decide to Go to the Moon

Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)

By: Faith McNulty, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2005
ISBN: 9780590483599
Number Of Pages: 48
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

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Two artists at the height of their powers have created a beautiful book with an unforgettable message about the moon and an even more important message about the earth. A publishing event!

"If you decide to go to the moon," writes Faith McNulty, "read this book first. It will tellyou how to get there and what to do after youland. The most important part tells you how to get home.
Written in the second person, the text allows the reader to participate in every aspect of the journey, from packing ("don't forget your diary and plenty of food") to liftoff (at first you'll feel heavy; don't worry") to traveling thorugh space (where "the moon glows like a pearl in the black, black sky"). The reader lands at the Sea of Tranquility, the site of the first lunar landing

Industry Reviews

Hornbook 9/05 Faith McNulty If You Decide to Go to the Moon; illus. by Steven Kellogg 48 pp. Scholastic 10/05 ISBN 0-590-48359-5 $16.99 g (Primary) "If you decide to go to the moon..." instructs the opening lines, "read this book before you start." While this may not yet be part of official NASA training, the second-person address takes readers from blastoff to touchdown and back again. McNulty's text is a lovely union of science and lyricism, evoking both the emotions and experiences of the solitary reader-astronaut and the hard facts of space: "When you are thirsty, don't try to pour orange juice into a glass. With no gravity, it would fly into a million drops and become orange juice fog." Kellogg's illustrations feature a cheery blond boy whose sturdy frame bobs optimistically through the journey. Where they shine brightest, however, is with the space- and moonscapes, the watercolors making the most of the stark grays and whites of space, a tiny rocket or the grand curve of the moon emphasizing the vastness and lifelessness of the universe beyond our atmosphere. Despite a sudden left-turn from science to a finger-wagging lesson at the end, as the text exhorts the returning reader-astronaut always to protect life on earth (this accompanied by a two-page gatefold celebrating the variety and richness of that life), this stands as an appropriately thrilling introduction to space travel for young readers. V. Kirkus 9/1/05 *STARRED* Many dream of exploring outer space, but this wonderfully engaging guide to space travel walks young readers through the adventure, starting with what to pack on the rocket ship: "Peanut butter, apples, and cake will taste good in space." Gentle warnings issued about meteors ("a collision is unlikely"); the loneliness of space ("Don't look back at the earth"); not pouring juice ("it would fly into a million drops"); and the difficulty of the first step on the Moon ("You will rise in the air and leap forward lik

ISBN: 9780590483599
ISBN-10: 0590483595
Series: Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 1st October 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.58 x 25.4  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1

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