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If You Decide To Go To The Moon Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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One thing that is great about this book is the way experiences and things that are familiar to children are used to describe extraordinarily UN-familiar experiences and ideas. The book is written in the second person point of view -- directly addressing the reader. I thought it was brilliant the way McNulty captures what a child's (or anyone's) feelings might be as they hurtle through the dark expanse of space, far away from the comfort of Earth and home. ("Up here in space you may feel very alone. Don't look back at the Earth. It would make you even lonelier.")
Kellogg illustrates a variety of moods, experiences and concepts from eye-catching perspectives. There is whimsy: an astronaut floats weightlessly around inside the capsule amidst a swarm of playing cards, and, later in the book an unexpected herd of hypothetical moon cows makes an appearance! There is quite a lot of loneliness in Kellogg's space: A lone astronaut hops around and explores the strange, barren, black and grey moonscape for several pages. In a compelling two-page spread, Kellogg depicts a lone astronaut, standing on the Moon under a lonely black sky -- the scene is printed with the darkest jet black ink I have EVER seen printed in any picture book. At the end of the journey, the astronaut returns to an exuberant fold out frieze of Earth's magnificently varied biodiversity, under a shining sun and clear sky with children swimming in fresh, clear water -- the essential element that makes our planet habitable.Read more ›
It's about a boy who is going to the moon. You learn that you will travel 240,000 miles to get there and if you average 3,750 mph you will arrive in 2 1/2 days. There is no air, clouds, or rain in space. Once you arrive you will float like a feather. You can't drink out of a glass, you must use a squeeze bottle. The moon is covered with rocks and craters. Some craters are hundreds of miles across. Everything on the moon is a silvery gray. If you weigh 60 pounds on Earth you will weight 10 pounds on the moon. Each step takes you five times further than when you step on Earth. If you don't wear a space suit, the heat will burn you up. There is no wind or rain to erase your footprints and when you walk it's like walking in cake flour.
HOWEVER, the errors seemed minor compared to what really stood out in a positive way: the author's description of what an astronaut actually thinks and FEELS!
My 6 1/2 year old granddaughter loved the story and asked me to buy her one, which I have. I really enjoyed the story, too. I felt it told of the journey to the moon from a very human point of view, maybe even from a child's point of view - something we still are deep inside.
You can point out the errors, but what I think readers will take away from this book is a sense of personal connection to space flight and astronomy.
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The child who got this as a gift has absolutely LOVED it. He's about 6 years old. Mom raved to me about it.Published 1 month ago by Joel M. Schipper
My grandsons (5 & 7) enjoy it. My wife, a retired 1st Grade teacher, saw all sorts of good things in it.Published 3 months ago by Shorty M
It's okay, but I found it rather annoying that the little boy gets to go to space while his sister has to stay home behind the "astronauts only beyond this point" sign. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Scott Ananian