Beyond Weightlessness - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Moon!


Come aboard with these partygoers to see what it would be like to celebrate your birthday in outerspace. From a weightless birthday cake (which is just fine upside down) to party balloons that won't float and why you can't hear music on the Moon ... any and all of your questions are answered in this picture book. 

Parent Perspective:
This is not what I was expecting when I picked up the book. The story is far less about the party and more about the Moon itself. Party elements are the "prop" for talking about specific aspects of traveling to and being on the moon. I wasn't expecting narrative nonfiction to this depth. There is a TON of science in these pages.

Combine the level of detail with the amount of text, and you have a book for older kids. Early elementary readers will like looking at the pages and imagining a story, but they will not sit still for the text. The text offers history and will answer just about every question a young reader might think to ask. Recommended for kids who already like science and are intriqued with space travel and the moon.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who are curious about space and/or dream of traveling to the moon will enjoy this comprehensive look at the Moon. The tie-in to birthday activities will help them bring abstract concepts into relevance and make the science more meaningful to them.

Content Awareness Factors:

Some may take the title to suggest that this is a "fun" (read: fictional) picture book story for kids. It is not. This is narrative nonfiction and most young children (2nd grade and younger) are not likely to sit still for this text-dense book.

Type of Book:
This is a narrative nonfiction story that blends facts about being on the moon with birthday events.
Educational Themes:

There is so much packed into this picture book it will take several readings to identify all that it covers. In addition to geology, geography, and physics, the story also references the Apollo missions, famous astronauts, and even space trivia. Dont' skip the end papers! In addition to the website for the NASA Kids' Club, there are website links so kids can also see the Apollo moonwalk and meet the astronauts.

If you are planning a party, you may get some ideas on food or activities that fit with the story, too.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 and Up

Title If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon
Author Joyce Lapin
Publisher Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2019
Illustrators Simona Ceccarelli
ISBN 9781454929703
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Science
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