PPBF: Earthrise

Today I'm excited because yesterday I got to hang out with JetStream Jax.

We had a fantastic time catching up and visiting at the library; what a blessing to have a friend like this incredible meteorologist and peacemaker. 

Our PPBF pick is perfect for our budding scientists.

Title: Earthrise
Author: James Gladstone
Illustrator: Christy Lundy
Publisher: Owlkids
Birth Date: October 15, 2018
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes: space exploration, moon, history
Brief synopsis: As we approach the half-century anniversary of Apollo 8, a special shot of our Earth, a blue planet with no visible borders, makes a huge impact.
Opening page: 

1968. It was a year of unrest. Many nations were at war. People around the world marched for peace, fairness, freedom.

They struggled to find the best way to live together. Amid this conflict rose one shining moments, captured in a photograph - a picture that forever changed the way we saw ourselves and our world.

A Publishers Weekly review {here}
A review from Quill and Quire {here}
A review at the Unleashing Readers blog {here}

Aloud or in writing, compare and contrast the unrest of 1968 to 2018.

Discover a myriad of Explore Marvel Moon activities.

Then, since the astronauts in the Saturn 5 were looking at the surface of the moon, try this Moon Ooze experiment.

Look at how happy it made my NASA planetary scientist.

Want even more fun? Since NASA has seen sky lights that they think might be going into lava tube caves on the moon, why not simulate that by taking your students spelunking, starting with the engaging experience at Dave Burgess' blog {here}. Add in the fact that there's no air on the moon and challenge your budding astronauts to design and create their own space suits.  

Why I like this book: Way too much time has passed since we've put a man on the moon; I think a title like this might serve to spark the desire in our next generation for space exploration and human planetary flight. While this story is really just a peek at a picture that made a huge impact (like the crater your kids will make when they smoosh one that Rice Krispie treat), it is sure to pique your students' curiosity and hopefully re-energize their desire to know more about what's out there in the universe.

Since this story features a famous shot (snapped by Bill Anders), 

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encourage your learners to find a picture like this one and add an
 inspirational quote, like Lisa Currie did for us with this foot print.

What would they write as a motivational maxim for this Tesla shot?

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Better yet, send your shutterbugs out to snap 
their own out-of-this-world magnificence.
Put a November spin on it and ask them
why they're thankful for that thing.

 On that suggestion, I'll take a picture of you, dear reader;
thank you for joining me as we capture life's joyful moments together.

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