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If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:1454929707
LANGUAGE:English

" Cute story interspersed with cool facts about the moon. " said.

"Imagine doing all the usual birthday party activities - bouncing, dancing, and playing games; exploring around you; singing Happy Birthday; blowing out candles; eating cake; hitting the pinata; and more - on the moon, where EVERYTHING will be different! Lapin's fun and funny look at a party on the moon offers easy-to-understand scientific explanations for these differences, packing pages with cool facts about space, the moon, gravity, astronauts, and much more, while Ceccarelli's bright and lively illustrations help young readers imagine that it could happen for them one day soon. A Glossary and other back matter add to the learning." said.

"Hello, friends! Our book today is If You Had Your Birthday Party On The Moon, written by Joyce Lapin and illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli, an imaginative “what-if” for the ultimate destination celebration.

If you had your birthday party on the moon, you’d have your pick of unique birthday experiences: the day would last 709 hours, for one. You would get to experience weightlessness on the trip there, bounce around in 1/6 the gravity of earth, make “moondust-angels”, and dine on chocolate pudding cake from a pouch. With a focus on the science of astronomy and astronautics, the text takes the reader through detailed explanations of why the sky would be black rather than blue, why they wouldn’t be able to hear their guests singing happy birthday, and why playing baseball on the moon may be a little time-consuming – yet why a birthday party on the moon would be an adventure like no other.

Awesome! Lapin’s theoretical text does an amazing job of making the scientific concepts she explains accessible by cleverly framing it around familiar experiences; she uses things like piñatas and gymnastics to explain low gravity, and subtly weaves in the idea that party-goers would have plenty of time to revel on the three-day trips to and from the moon. Insets with more information, facts, and statistics give a more in-depth look without dragging the story down, also a smart choice. The illustrations are wonderful, populating majestic moonscapes with a pleasantly diverse cast of kids whose joy is practically palpable. The length may be better suited to older kids, but JJ sat through the main story and loved the illustrations. A wonderful imagining that succeeds in bringing STEM to life and adds birthday cake; who could resist? Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)
" said.

"I confess this book totally surprised me. I was expecting a simplistic storyline, much like one I read in the past about what would happen if a dinosaur came to your birthday party. Instead, it's very informative, talking about the science aspect of going to the moon for a birthday party. It talks about the lack of gravity in space and the low gravity on the moon, why the moon has 1/6 of the gravity Earth has, what would happen to various objects in space. Would they float or fall? Could a candle be lit to celebrate your birthday? Why is one side of the moon called the "dark side"? What would happen if you hit a piñata in space? Why does the moon have dark spots and craters? What would happen if you made angels in the moon's dust? What did the Apollo astronauts leave behind?

Whew! There's a lot of information in this picture book! I love that. If you want to, you can skip some of the added info when reading to younger children and either add to the reading as children grow or let your children/students read that extra info on their own when they're ready. The only thing I didn't love about this book was that sometimes the extra information (in boxes) would require flipping back a page to read because the storyline moves on and there's no easy way to insert the information. You stop mid-thought or flip back. Awkward. But, I loved the sheer quantity of information and the fact that some of it was new to me. The illustrations are marvelous.

OK, I've just talked myself into going from 4/5 to 4.5/5. I'm taking off half a point for the awkwardness of the way added info is inserted but that may not bug everyone.

I got a copy of If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon from Sterling Children's Books in exchange for an unbiased review. I would say this one is not for little ones who are still wiggly, unless you don't mind reading to a child while s/he is playing. I did that with the longer picture books till mine were ready to sit still. I love a book that grows with a child and I think this has that aspect. It includes a glossary of science/space terms.
" said.

" You have been cordially invite to a birthday party on the moon! Learn about how the low-gravity environment makes activities more fun as well as special scientific facts about outer space. Who wouldn’t want a birthday party on the moon?Recommended for grades K-2nd. Lexile Level: N/AReviewed by Christine Hwang, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library " said.

" Cute story interspersed with cool facts about the moon. " said.

"Imagine doing all the usual birthday party activities - bouncing, dancing, and playing games; exploring around you; singing Happy Birthday; blowing out candles; eating cake; hitting the pinata; and more - on the moon, where EVERYTHING will be different! Lapin's fun and funny look at a party on the moon offers easy-to-understand scientific explanations for these differences, packing pages with cool facts about space, the moon, gravity, astronauts, and much more, while Ceccarelli's bright and lively illustrations help young readers imagine that it could happen for them one day soon. A Glossary and other back matter add to the learning." said.

"Hello, friends! Our book today is If You Had Your Birthday Party On The Moon, written by Joyce Lapin and illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli, an imaginative “what-if” for the ultimate destination celebration.

If you had your birthday party on the moon, you’d have your pick of unique birthday experiences: the day would last 709 hours, for one. You would get to experience weightlessness on the trip there, bounce around in 1/6 the gravity of earth, make “moondust-angels”, and dine on chocolate pudding cake from a pouch. With a focus on the science of astronomy and astronautics, the text takes the reader through detailed explanations of why the sky would be black rather than blue, why they wouldn’t be able to hear their guests singing happy birthday, and why playing baseball on the moon may be a little time-consuming – yet why a birthday party on the moon would be an adventure like no other.

Awesome! Lapin’s theoretical text does an amazing job of making the scientific concepts she explains accessible by cleverly framing it around familiar experiences; she uses things like piñatas and gymnastics to explain low gravity, and subtly weaves in the idea that party-goers would have plenty of time to revel on the three-day trips to and from the moon. Insets with more information, facts, and statistics give a more in-depth look without dragging the story down, also a smart choice. The illustrations are wonderful, populating majestic moonscapes with a pleasantly diverse cast of kids whose joy is practically palpable. The length may be better suited to older kids, but JJ sat through the main story and loved the illustrations. A wonderful imagining that succeeds in bringing STEM to life and adds birthday cake; who could resist? Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)
" said.

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