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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
If You Decide to Go to the Moon

If You Decide to Go to the Moon

Fall 2005 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Faith McNulty
Illustrator: Steven Kellogg
ISBN: 0-590-48359-5
Hardcover Price: $16.99
McNulty's text and Kellogg's illustrations coalesce dramatically to capture both the factual minutiae and the lyrical poetry of space travel as a young boy (too bad it's not a girl as well) travels to the moon and back. Readers will truly feel what it means when they turn a page and find a tiny spaceship, the only touch of color in a vast black double page spread sprinkled with stars, and read the accompanying text: “Don't look back at earth. It would make you even lonelier.” Youngsters curious to know what it's really like to sleep aboard a rocket or walk on the moon will come away feeling that they've actually been there. A lushly colored, vibrantly active double-fold-out panorama marks the young explorer's return to earth, and if the final message seems a bit heavy-handed (“Air and water are Earth's special blessings. We must guard them well.”) it is nevertheless an important one for kids to hear. This will make a great replacement for worn-out copies of David Getz's Floating Home (Holt, 1997).
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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