Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
July 20th, 2009, is the 40th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moonwalk! In honor of our moon, here are some of our favorite books:
I Took the Moon for a Walk
by Carolyn Curtis, illustrated by Alison Jay
A wonderful choice for bedtime reading with magical illustrations and sweet, rhyming text that will entertain any child who has ever been amazed to discover that the moon follows her everywhere she goes. The factual information about the phases of the moon and nocturnal creatures included at the end makes this more than just an ordinary picture book, and might give you and your children some things to look for on your own nighttime adventures.
If You Decide to Go to the Moon
by Faith McNulty, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
J 629.45 MCNUL
To get to the moon, you'll have to travel 240,000 miles-- but if you take a rocket ship, you'll get there in only 2 1/2 days. The author describes exactly what you will need to go to the moon, how to get there, and what to do once you arrive! Steven Kellog's color-on-black-and-white illustrations are the perfect complement to this light-hearted but educational book.
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
This classic is often a child's first introduction to the concept of the moon. The story has been read, reread and loved by children since it was first published in 1947. The lovely lines-- Goodnight stars, Goodnight air, Goodnight noises everywhere-- represent pure, poetic pleasure!
by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
Our fascination with the moon goes back to the beginning of time. In this lovely story by James Thurber, the young princess Lenore has become ill. The only thing that will make her feel better, she tells her father (the king), is the moon. But how to capture the moon? The king consults the royal wise men of the kingdom, but to no avail. The moon is too big, it is made of green cheese, it is millions of miles away. It is not until the clever jester asks the princess how to capture the moon is the problem solved. How do you think Princess Lenore figures out how to capture the moon?
by Seymour Simon
J 523.3 SIMON
From Apollo 11's first landing to the mystery of moonquakes, this stunning introduction to our nearest neighbor in space describes the moon and its relationship to Earth. Mesmerizing full-color photography and an informative text perfect this exciting journey in space.
Catching the Moon
by Myla Goldberg, illustrated by Chris Sheban
Using a mouse as bait instead of a worm, an old woman fishes all night long, confusing the fishermen as well as the Man in the Moon.
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