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If You Were the Moon

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  88 reviews
If you were the moon, what would you do? You'd spin like a twilight ballerina and play dodgeball with space rocks! And more.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Millbrook Press (Tm)
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Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Netgalley in exchange for honest review

Beautifully illustrated book about the moon and all the jobs it has. Just how important is the moon? The story is fun, yet full of facts to keep kids engaged.
Gary Anderson
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A little girl reading in bed, on the verge of falling asleep, says hello to the moon and wishes she “could do exactly nothing, just like you.” The moon replies, explaining all the ways it is more active than it seems. The narrative can be read by focusing on the moon’s lyrical replies (“Hover near your mother … Tease the Earth: peek-a-boo!”), but each of the moon’s answers is supported by a more detailed explanation of the science behind it, as well as beliefs about the moon from various culture ...more
Donna Merritt
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a clever book! When a little girl complains to the moon that she wishes she could do "nothing" just like the moon, the moon's reply is priceless. Some of the moon's tasks are to "spin like a twilight ballerina" (spin on its axis), "play dodgeball with space rocks" (meteorites crash into it), and "light a pathway to the sea" (calling turtle hatchlings to the water—my favorite page!). I love the poetic feel of this book combined with the many interesting facts about our moon. Jaime Kim's illu ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting balance between being poetic and metaphorical about the moon and giving science about it, but the back and forth kept the book from being truly captivating.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book about all the different things the moon does for us. I also liked the dual nature of the book: it can be a short bedtime story, or you can read the information about the moon for a longer, more educational read. The illustrations are beautiful. Highly recommended!
Kristi Starr
An anthropomorphic moon demonstrates the many roles it plays. It steadies Earth, affects tides, inspires the arts, and informs practices and rituals. The book also describes how the moon moves, how its appearance has been impacted (literally!) by other objects in space, and its role in lighting the night sky.

Simple but charming illustrations compliment the content, and a glossary and list of materials for further reading make the book a worthy resource for elementary and middle-grade science te
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
accessible and beautiful
Marissa Elera
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: moon
A masterful blend of fiction and non-fiction. Really unique.
A creative way to teach children about the moon. Loved the full color and beautiful illustrations.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Moon just sits there, inactive, doing nothing -- or does it? The Moon dances, plays, and hides. The Moon hovers, balances, and enlightens. The Moon keeps time, keeps the seasons, and inspires. Beautiful illustrations, a playful story, and education notes make this a delightful read. Wonderful typography clearly separates the science from the narrative.

*Thank you to NetGalley for a digital ARC to review.*
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute non-fiction book that teaches about the moon in a fun way. My grandson loves the moon and always looks for it in the sky. I read this book to him. He loved the illustrations and the fun things the moon does. He did not really understand the fact though. For primary students learning about he moon and solar system, this book briefly tells various facts about the moon relating them to things the moon does. It is easy to understand language. The illustrations are wonderful. Th ...more
Jessica ☕
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
If You Were the Moon combines a simple bedtime story with astronomy by comparing everyday children's activities with facts about the moon and its role. Beautiful illustrations will help hold a child's attention while an adult explains the science to them on each page. Designed for active reading, this would work well for bedtime reading for kindergartners and older, or in a classroom setting.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Katie Dicesare
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A conversation between a little girl and the moon about the many things the moon can do...with poetic responses from the moon followed by small bits of real information. Love!!
Suzanne LaPierre
On one level this is a bedtime story about the moon, but on another it’s an introduction to the science of astronomy. On the left of each page spread is the simple tale of a girl going to bed who chides the moon for “doing exactly nothing.” The moon explains itself in playful analogies, inviting children to imagine the moon’s activities as if their own. If you were the moon you would “hover near your mother” and “play dodgeball with space rocks.” You would “Catch and throw. Catch and throw,” (a ...more
This beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book shares information about the moon with young readers using lyrical text that reads like a poem. As a little girl is sitting up in her bed and considering the moon, the moon makes the case that it is far too busy to be just hanging in the sky, doing nothing. Each page has a line from the poetic narrative and factual information. The paintings that go along with each point are magnificent. This would be a great way to introduce this information ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
If You Were the Moon tells the reader what the moon actually does while we’re all asleep. A small child wishes that she could be the moon, hanging out in the sky doing nothing. Each page then explains the moon’s purposes and how people on Earth celebrate it. Salas writes the facts while Kim draws the art. Salas did a good job using basic words for a younger audience. I’d recommend this for 4-5 year olds. It’d be a good read for any child interested in space. The tone is conversational and doesn’ ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just what does the moon do? Sit in the sky doing nothing or does it have too many jobs to count?
Soft lyrical prose and beautiful acrylic paints pair up to create a beautiful picture book about the many jobs of the moon. Short descriptive sentences and full page illustrations along with short explanations all on the same two-page spread combine to describe the many functions of the moon. This would be an excellent introduction to a space unit for the elementary level. A glossary and bibliograph
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun way to explore the moon. There is a small sweet sentence on one page and then a fact about the moon on the opposite page. It is well put together with a nice glossary in the back and websites where you can learn more about the moon. A sure pleaser for those kids who love non-fiction.
Maria Caplin
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Perfect for Earth and SpaceScience - story about the moon and NF facts that support learning. What do you know? What can you confirm? Great for thinking routines. Could be a mentor text for new learning.
Lynn  Davidson
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
In response to a child's misconception that the moon does nothing, the moon explains all the important things it does.
This informative book presents scientific facts about the moon in an entertaining and easy-to-understand way. Lovely illustrations.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This sweet picture book about the moon has darling illustrations and additional nonfiction information about the moon as asides on each two-page spread. I'm not usually a big fan of asides in picture books, but in this one it wasn't too jarring.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
There were lots of great facts about the moon. The poetic text was nice, but I struggled with the format. I was constantly drawn to the factual text, interrupting the flow of the main text. I had similar issues with Snowflake Bentley - perhaps it's a problem I have as a reader.
Joan Marie
I absolutely love the illustrations of character, Moon. The simple text listing the things the moon can do are outweighed by the sidebars heavy with interesting facts. It's an effective way of teaching preschoolers simple science while adding meatier sidebars for school-age kids.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My daughter immediately wanted me to buy this book upon finishing it. This was filled with beautiful illustrations. The facts included about the moon were interesting and kept my daughter wanting to read further.
Juliana Lee
Excellent blend of anthropomorphic moon qualities with the actual facts about the moon. For example the moon twirls like a ballerina in the sky (spins on its invisible axis making a full turn every twenty-seven days). Learn new fun facts about your old friend the moon.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations. A fun way to introduce children to facts on the moon. A book that can be read to younger children as well as older kids, who want to know what is shinning out there in the infinite sky!
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the way Ms. Salas uses clever illustrations and a easily understood text to teach school aged children about the phases of the moon. The pictures are gorgeous and will capture the attention of both preschool and school aged children. This would be a great sibling read.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very colorful and informative book about the moon. I love the way the author incorporated facts about the moon with a bedtime story. Adults can share this book with kids and then look at the moon and review what they have learned about the moon.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
In case you think the moon just sits up in the sky doing nothing, this book will set you straight. The information ranges from simple to complex, and allows readers to expand on their knowledge or enjoy a shorter tale and fill in their own details.
Carrie Gelson
Love this format. Gorgeous text, beautiful illustrations and so much information!
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Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 130 books for kids and teens, including WATER CAN BE... (Millbrook, 2014), A LEAF CAN BE... (Millbrook, 2012), and BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (Clarion, 2011). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality.

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