"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.
One of our November selections, over in The Picture-Book Club to which I belong, where our current theme is "Outer Space," this is yet another book I am glad to have discovered! The manner in which the story is presented will be very appealing for young children, I think, and the illustrations by Steven Kellogg will draw them further into the adventure. After all, what child doesn't dream of going to the moon? With this book, they will be encouraged to really believe that they can!
about what is happening in space around us.
Personal Reaction: I thought this
Classroom extension: I would have the kids break up into groups and plan their own trip to the moon.
I would recommend this book for kids 3rd grade and up because the book is longer and slightly challenging.
I like this book
Why it fits this genre: The book is about a child who decided to go to the moon all by himself and this is something that is not possible in our world today.
I would use this book to:
1. present students to science fiction books.
2. start a lesson on outer space.
Media: color pencil, acrylic paint
Critique: "If You Decide to Go to the Moon" is an okay example of science fiction because it talks about going to the moon, which is something that has been done. Therefore, going to the moon is not something that is unfamiliar to our world today. Something that is impossible in our world today is for a child to go to the moon in a rocket ship all by them self.
With captivating pictures and elegant, informative prose, readers both young and old will happily embark on a rocket flight hurling them into an exciting space