An incredibly beautiful children's book that celebrates the idea of what it would be like to stand on the Moon. People first landed on the Moon July 20, 1969, 20:17:40 UTC, 46 years ago today.
I am haunted by my own dreams as a child of flying to the Moon and imagining what it would be like to stare back at the Earth. In fact I think that is one of the archetypal images in all these books I have shared with you, when the author/artist shows a child on the Moon looking back "home." We have a new perspective on where we stand in the Universe and can see where we live in total for the first time.
Lewis, Claudia. Illustrated by Weisgard, Leonard. When I Go to the Moon. New York: Macmillan Co. (28 p.) 26 cm. Cloth, DJ.
|"When I go to the Moon, I'll let the scientists explore the craters."|
|"What I want to see is the earth. I want to look back--- No, not back, but up--- At that great lighted ball, This world, that will float there among the old stars, like a newly created moon."|
|"I'll know eyes are watching--back and forth we'll stare across the cosmic miles, The electric seas of space, where rockets are in flight---"|
|"Goodnight, Earth, I''ll say. Then I'll lie down in my spaceman's bed. the night will be as still as stone."|
|"The earth is near. Goodnight I'll say. All's well here, is all well there?"|
Happy Moonday to you all! Keep dreaming of our potential and pass those dreams on to others.