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How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers: A Simple but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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*Starred Review* In this unusual picture book, a boy shares his inventive plan for reaching the moon, planting sunflower seeds, and returning to a hero’s welcome back on Earth. What with “homework, soccer, violin, and all the other stuff” on his schedule, he has never made the trip. Still, he happily passes along the practical details of his plan. Preparations include collecting and connecting all your neighbors’ old garden hoses into one 238,900-mile length, building an enormous slingshot that will shoot one end of the hose to the moon (don’t forget the anchor), learning to bicycle along the taut hose, and requesting a small spacesuit from NASA, among other important details. Brightly illustrated in cartoon-style panels as well as the occasional double-page spread, the imaginative, first-person text will be riveting for process-minded kids. Because, really, who doesn’t want to make a giant slingshot using 2,000 interwoven inner tubes and a couple of birch trees on top of a hill, not to mention travel in space? Can’t quite visualize it? Not to worry. Fresh and often-amusing ink drawings, brightened with color washes, illustrate every moment of the adventure. Gerstein, a Caldecott-winning illustrator, offers a uniquely entertaining picture book that glows with the satisfaction of a boy who knows he could travel to the moon. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan
“A grand flight of fancy perfect for a new generation of dreamers and planners.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Gerstein, a Caldecott-winning illustrator, offers a uniquely entertaining picture book that glows with the satisfaction of a boy who knows he could travel to the moon.” ―Booklist, starred review
“...genuine and infectious...” ―Publishers Weekly
“Readers . . . are sure to enjoy the ride.” ―School Library Journal
“There’s enough reference here to the actual challenges of space travel to justify a quirky side trip in a solar system science unit―not that flights of fancy require justification.” ― BCCB
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I just love this book. Often kids are big dreamers. They come up with the more ridiculous plan that often will never work. This book however lets kids know that it is okay to dream big. As a matter of fact they should be encouraged to dream because you never know where life will take you later on.
My favorite part of this book is the ending. The book ends off with the boys plan. It never says if he succeeded for failed. The ending opens up to make great discussions with your little one. I just love this.
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