If You Decide to Go to the Moon

If You Decide to Go to the Moon

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780590483599
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Series: Rise and Shine
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 131,341
Product dimensions: 10.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile: AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Faith McNulty was born in New York City. She attended private schools, and left college after two years to work for The New York Daily News. Because she has a deep interest in animals and their behavior, she wrote about animals for The New Yorker for twenty years. Many of her experiences as an animal writer are the basis for her current writings for children. Faith also worked as a children’s book reviewer for The New Yorker magazine from 1979 to 1991. Currently she lives at her farm in Rhode Island and writes children’s books.

Steven Kellogg has illustrated more than a hundred books, including IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA? and THE DAY JIMMY'S BOA ATE THE WASH. He has also retold and illustrated the adventures of tall-tale heroes such as Paul Bunyan, Mike Fink, and Johnny Appleseed. He lives in Essex, New York.

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If You Decide to Go to the Moon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although this book is technically fiction (it portrays the ficticious journey of a young boy in outer space), so much of the information presented is nonfiction. Written in second person perspective in the style of a how-to, "If You Decide to Go to the Moon," gives young readers tons of information about how and what you need to survive in space. It vividly describes what life feels and looks like in space, and gives elaborate information and beautiful illustrations of the moon. I read this book to first graders as a supplement to our solar system science unit, and they loved it, although the text did feel overly wordy and heavy at times. This might read best with a slightly older audience (grade 2 or 3 and up).
dchaikin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book wonderful because it appeals to both my 4-yr-old daughter and me. My daughter told she wants to keep it in case she might want to go to the moon sometime (we borrowed it from the library). I love it because it talks about some serious stuff, like what would actually happen if you took your spacesuit off while on the moon. It spends a lot of time on what its like on the moon without air - no sound, no heat insulation, no protection from the sun - and without life. And it makes earth sound so special, it leaves you wondering why we don't take better care of our own atmosphere.
beckyhill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a guide for what to do if the reader plans to take a trip to the moon. The characters are not really developed at all, and are only drawn as a representation of what it would be like to travel to the moon. It is set in a spaceship flying through space, and on the moon. The style is slightly wordy and dull, but the illustrations do well to express what the text is saying. The theme is that everyone needs to learn to appreciate the resources we have on earth and take care of them so that we can continue our lives on Earth. Though the text is dull, the theme and illustrations make up for it, and I would include this book in my collection.
DanielleHuslinger91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this thrilling introduction to space travel, the author combines science with how one feels in space. Kellogg¿s illustrations emphasize the spectacular vastness of our universe and immense quantity of space and moonscapes. this would be a good book for teaching about space travel. This would be a good book for lesson about what is happening in space around us.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very colorful book about traveling to the moon. It was very informative, but at times dragged a bit. Nevertheless, students always enjoy learning about space.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This delightful non-fiction book tells what it would be like to take a trip to moon. What to pack, how to walk, and how long it will take to get there are topics discovered.
TFOX2011 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for a college course dedicated to childrens literature. This book was such a great choice! The story as well as the illustrations are wonderful! It is full of color and a joy to read. The students truly love it! This is a MUST HAVE for anyones library. This book would be great for anyone with a child in primary grades! Very educational and very fun to read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The writing style of the book makes a reader feel as though they truly signed up to go to the moon and this is their itinerary, step-by-step to the moon. This book has been made user friendly for the younger audience. McNulty has done a wonderful job at breaking concepts down to simplistic terms for readers to comprehend. The illustrations in this book are incredible! Kellogg has used realistic colors to represent the earth and moon. Kellogg has used space nicely in this book¿objects that are described to be far away are smaller than the objects that are up front. The texture of this four-page-spread shows movement in the water, fur on the animals, and wrinkles in the leathery skin of other animals. The four-page-spread is very nicely illustrated. All four pages bleed into the other. The colors and detail in these four pages are incredible! Overall, this book is stunning! The illustrations support and extend the text, and are amazing to look at. The text is nicely put together in sequential order from start to finish of a journey to the moon. There are facts within the story that make it a wonderful resource in a classroom. I will definitely use this book in my own classroom, whether it be for an imaginary trip to the moon for fun, or as the start of a unit on the moon and space.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Imagine a space exploration trip as a child and you have an opportunity to go all by yourself. This story gives a step by step explanation on a trip to the moon. It begins by suggesting the necessary items need to travel. Next, the reader is informed on what to do while traveling through space. Once the destination to the moon has been reached, the reader will learn what it is like to be on the moon. Finally, there are necessary steps to do when going back home. This story allows readers to get a good glimpse of space travel to the moon. Evaluation: This story gives a step-by-step portrayal on what it is like to go to the moon. The author has taken the time to give details on how to prepare, space travel, arrival/study of moon and the trip home. The story is written in child friendly language which appeals to younger audience. The text is nicely put together in sequential order from start to finish of a journey to the moon. It is organized in a writing style that allows concepts and information to be comprehended in the most abstract manner. The author describes the setting in a way that makes readers actually feel like they are on the moon. The illustrations in this book actually look real. From the colors of the planets to the spaceship, look as realistic as they could get for being close to reality. Overall, this book is dazzling! The illustrations maintain and broaden the text, and are amazing to look at. This book would be great to use in a classroom if you are studying space or doing an imaginary trip to the moon. I actually used this when my students and I were studying information about the moon. It was a good trade book to use besides the textbook because it allowed students to pretend they were apart of space travel. This book is written for children from kindergarten to third grade. Some classroom activities could be to compare and contrast the moon and earth with a Venn diagram, complete a KWL chart about the moon, or keep a journal of an imaginary trip to the moon. There really are not any concerns or issues for using this book in the classroom.