If You Decide To Go To The Moon
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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...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Scholastic Press
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 22, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: for learning some facts about the moon and earth too
Wow, this one was all over the place for me.

I didn’t like the cover illustration or several of the other illustrations but adored many of them, including the first page (love the cats & dog when they appear!!!), the moon shots, the foldout page, and many others. Just lovely!

There is some excellent information about the moon and moon exploration (for instance: the American flag put up got blown over when the spacecraft left, and because there is no air to carry sound waves, there is no sound,...more
Crystal Marcos
If You Decide to Go to the Moon would encourage a young reader interested in space and especially the moon. It is told in a fun way to help kids understand what their life would be like if they decided to go to the moon. It also showed the great appreciation one would have for earth and its resources after returning from the adventure. I thought that was a nice touch. Steven Kellogg illustrations and the fold out in the book added magic to this story. I also learned very interesting information...more
Nov 04, 2010 Brenda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Future Space Explorers
Recommended to Brenda by: Picture Book Club
Shelves: picture-books
If You Decide To Go To The Moon was written with lower grades in mind but in its 4O pages provides a lot of information on how to get to the moon, what do to after you land, and how to get back home. The book will easily appeal to children who are interested in space exploration and the illustrations are representative of how things would look. The final fold out pages very nicely express the idea of protecting the environment. I read this for the November Picture Book Club selection here on Goo...more
Jaclyn Giordano
"If You Decide to Go to the Moon," written by Faith McNulty and illustrated by Steven Kellogg, is an award-winning, nonfiction picture book intended for readers in kindergarten to grade three. This book has won numerous awards, including the Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Award in 2005, which honors texts that are “designed to entertain and help children develop universally ethical attitudes, and rigorous standards and skills” (www.parents-choice.org/). This text was also honored with the Boston...more
I’ve reread this several times over the years, as a librarian, a parent, and now a graduate student looking at those “complex texts” the CC standards require. It’s an unusual book: a mix of fiction and nonfiction elements, a second person point of view, an oversized square format with a double foldout. Paired with a more traditional nonfiction book about the moon or space travel, If You Decide to Go To the Moon would make a perfect text for looking at the ways different authors present similar i...more
Evelyn Tapia
The story begins by describing the whole journey from earth to the moon. It literally seems like if it were an instruction manual being read to you in a whole different fun way. It then goes on to inform us about the first humans to go to the moon in July 1969 A.D. At the end it mentions to us the importance of “protecting all life on Earth.” I think this book would be appropriate for 3rd graders because there's so much information. I really enjoyed reading this book it provided me with so much...more
Imagine traveling in a rocket ship through space 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...more
Stephanie Winchester
If You Decide to go to the Moon is a nonfiction children’s book written by Faith McNulty and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. This book is not only cleverly written, but also beautifully illustrated. McNulty shows children the details of what going to the moon would be like, while Kellogg is able to capture her text in an interesting way that expertly shows children that experience.

As a future educator, I would highly recommend reading this book if you are teaching a subject on space and space tra...more
Lisa Hartmann
If You Decide To Go TO The Moon by Faith McNulty is a great fantasy story about space and space travel. The story is about a boy and traveling to space. The beginning talks about what he needs to take with him and then step by step what will happen during his travel in space. This makes for fun education. I think that this book is good for children from 5-8 years old. Although I really like it, I think that it is to long for my 3-4 year old's to sit through but I may try it to read it over two d...more
Cheryl in CC NV
I learned something - I didn't know the seas were lava flows (I'd assumed they were extra big meteor craters). I liked that it explained things that often don't get mentioned elsewhere, such as the fact of no sound or wind, and the wires in the flag. I liked the environmental message, and the back cover which makes it clear that the female is going to get a turn, too.
This is a little slow going for the preschooler but he does love the pictures and trying to find the things in the story. The story itself is more appealing to my second grader--he loves all the little facts scattered throughout the book.
Kristine Montgomery
Kristine Montgomery marked it as to-read
Jun 09, 2014
Kathy Garner
Great form to guide to nonficton information about space, the first moon landing and taking care of this world.
Miss Balzaretti
The children’s book, If You Decide to Go to the Moon, gives the reader the experience of journeying to the moon without leaving your library. The text is very informative with a large amount of details about the trip astronauts take to the moon, what they bring, how far they travel, and what you can see and do once on the moon. While the text is rich in information, the illustrations are child friendly, with its bright use of color, amounts of detail, and life. Even when the illustrations are of...more
Beverly Cagle
Oct 10, 2012 Beverly Cagle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people of planet earth
If You Decide to Go to the Moon is a story about a boy who tells of the adventures of riding on a space shuttle and landing on the moon. It is written in kid friendly language and is a great introductory book to earth science. It includes valid information and vocabulary such as Sea of Tranquility as well as other science concepts that are put in a way that children can understand. It also includes questions like “I wonder how far space goes and where it ends?” creating opportunities that foster...more
I think at some point most children dream of going to the moon, and this delightful children’s book, If You Decide to Go to the Moon, takes you on a wondrous journey from lift off, to landing on the moon, and back again to our magnificent planet. This is a great introduction to space travel for even the youngest readers. Packed full of beautiful prose and spectacular illustrations, Faith McNulty and Steven Kellogg have created a book that explores the challenges and wonders of a journey in space...more
Book 62 Bibliographic Citation:
McNulty, F. (2005). If you decide to go to the moon. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

Age/Grade Level: (Ages 5-8, Grades K—3)

Are you planning a trip to the moon? This book will tell you everything you need to know for your journey, including the details of your flight, what to pack, and fantastic sights that you will see on your way.

Awards/Reviewing Sources:
School Library Journal starred 10/01/05
Parents' Choice Silver Honor 2005
Bulletin of the Center for Chil...more
Summary:A young boy prepares to travel to the moon in a rocket ship. On his long trip there and back he observes outer space and everything that it beholds.
Curriculum Connection:Science literature, solar system, planets and moons, space travel, natural resources, recycling, vocabulary development.
Reaction:This book is perfect to describe to children what space is really like. It gives wonderful illustrations, uses great examples, detailed scenarios, and has great vocabulary choices. The colors...more
Nov 03, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We really enjoyed this book. It was a story, but filled with very interesting facts about astronauts, space travel and what you would experience if you were to land and walk on the moon. It reminded me a little of the Magic Tree House story, Midnight on the Moon, where Jack and Annie got to do some space travel and moon walking too. I love how math was incorporated into the story, estimating the trip's duration using the rate x time = distance formula. Our girls thought the weightlessness of spa...more
Kate Werner
"If you decide to go to the moon in your own rocket ship, read this book before you start." This book provides excellent advice for all young children interested in space and those that visit. The story goes through all the parts of going off to space: before, during, and how to get home. I like that this book is written in the second person. I think it allows the readers to insert themselves into the story.

This would be a great book to talk about space, rocket ships, astronauts, etc.
I have recommended this as a read aloud to teachers - but have not read it aloud to children myself. The book is very appealing and the language is almost lyrical. The ending does seem a bit "attached." I would be interested to hear how instruction with this text goes - whether just reading aloud for enjoyment or in support of learning related to a content area. Depending on the stamina of your students - you'd want to plan a couple of days to read this aloud.

This book comes in paperback and cou...more
4.25 Stars This was a great book about traveling to the moon. It is loaded with facts (I learned some things) but also on a child's level to make them understand complex 'moon' things.

So, all in all very nicely done, nice pictures, good writing, it is a little long hence why I can't go full 5 stars but still VERY worthwhile to read!

Would be great for an older elementary school non-fiction story!!
An imaginative take on preparing for and heading out on a moon mission. Steven Kellogg's illustrations, keep this from feeling like a science book, but lots of kid appeal and fun things to think about, with good factual information snuck in along the way. A nice addition to an elementary astronomy unit.
I chose this book to go along with a "Space Themed" enrichment Project for our after school program. I brought it home and our 6 year old chose it for his bedtime story - he absolutely LOVED it. This is a PERFECT story for Kindergartners/1st graders that are into imaginative play... We're trying to get our Kindergartner to read more non-fiction, and this was a perfect combination. It is an "instruction guide," per-say, for traveling to the moon. Great non-fiction detail and fun diction make this...more
Brooke Mullins
I really enjoyed this informational book!!

The only character is a little boy who takes us on a informational journey to the moon. As we take this adventure, the boy tells us facts about the moon, what we should pack for space travel, the foods and drinks that would be easiest to consume, and the sights and feeling we would experience if we were to take a spacecraft to the moon.

This book would make a great read aloud. It is a great way to expose children to expository text while still not taking...more
Young boy 'travels' the moon. Lots of facts told within the trip.
Perfect for K-3, this fun adventure, filled with colorful, familiar illustrations by Steven Kellogg, is a blast from the start. It is a true packing and travel guide for a trip to the moon. Filled with rich vocabulary that is expanded with definitions woven into informative prose, this story will keeps students fully engaged. It includes pull out pages with gorgeous views of the Earth from space.

Space travel is so appealing to young students. And this book, while the images are paintings, make...more
Beautiful picture book that seamlessly combines information about space travel and the moon with a little fantasy of a young astronaut who makes the journey. McNulty's voice evokes the loneliness and stark beauty of the lunar landscape, and is perfectly paired with Kellogg's artwork. Be prepared for an "Ohhhhh!" of appreciation from students when you fold out the four spread showing a glorious scene of earth's land, oceans, and creatures. Perfect read-aloud for grade two and up, or as part of a...more
This book had some interesting things for kids (and maybe some adults too).

Some of the things they really liked was learning that when you are in space you can't drink out of a glass and you must use a squeeze bottle. If you don't tie yourself to your bed when you sleep you will float around. When you step on the moon, you rise in the air and leap. If you don't wear a spacesuit on the moon,the sun will burn you up. Without air, it's impossible to make noise on the moon! Plus many other fun facts...more
Joey Fong
This is a science and math related book that is appropriate for students from 5th to 8th grade. It mentions the conversions of miles, hours and days. It talked about gravity, comets, meteors and sapce. It reveals the living style that astronauts have to adapt to once they're in space. It mentions the landscape and geography of moon and earth, convection of sunlight and heat. This is just an overall great book for students to learn about outer space and appreciate the ecosystem on earth.
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Faith McNulty was an American non-fiction author, probably best-known for her 1980 book The Burning Bed. She was born "Faith Corrigan" in New York City, the daughter of a judge. Young Faith attended Barnard College for one year, then attended Rhode Island State College. But she dropped out of college once she got a job as a copy girl at the New York Daily News. She later went to work for Life maga...more
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