Monday, August 19, 2013

How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers: a simple but brilliant plan in 24 easy steps by Mordicai Gernstein


How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers stretches the imagination to the extraterrestrial limit. Reading this book with children 5-8 years old is a great way to encourage creative problem solving.

Motivated by a sincere desire to cheer up the sad-faced moon, a young boy concocts an ingenious set of instructions for someone else to try out; he is too busy. Step by step he plots a course to pedal to the moon and plant sunflowers on its’ craggy surface.

Far-fetched? Why not ride a bicycle to the moon? If you can give a mouse a cookie, you can give a boy a bicycle. Give a boy a bicycle and see how far he can go!

Step 1, you need a bicycle, of course.

Step 2, you create a giant sling shot made from 2000 used truck inner tubes . . .

During your journey, you climb into your sleeping bag and get some rest—quite an aerial feat when you are hanging upside down from a 238,900 mile conglomeration of garden hoses attached to a giant spool anchored to the moon!

How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers reads like a graphic novel with pages divided into panels. In one scene the helmeted cycler practices for his future excursion by riding his bike on a garden hose strung between the clothesline and tree. Text in the speech bubble contains the refrain "I ... think ...I can, I... think...I can..." Rendered in watercolor with pen and ink, Gerstein’s signature style, the illustrations make the journey to the moon a fun make-believe adventure.

If you like How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers try Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall, another picture book in graphic format style. It's about boy with a super imagination who collects trash and turns it into a robot!


If you have your heart set on going to the moon, check out If you decide to go to the moon, at the Virginia Beach Public Library. Reading can take you anywhere you want to go—pick a destination!


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