PPBF: Field Trip to the Moon

Author/Illustrator: John Hare
Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books, Holiday House, 2019
Themes: school field trips, moon, stories without words

Summary: (from my library catalog) in this wordless picture book, a girl is accidentally left behind on a class trip to the moon.

I like this book because: the landscape Hare created is deceptive – it looks simple, but we are drawn back to each page, practically before turning, to look for what our quick brains have missed, and there is so much to be discovered! Enjoy!

Resources/activities: how would you invite someone to join you in an activity whose language you could not understand? Try it, as a game. think of an activity and try acting it out without words to see if your partner gets it – like charades, but no clues!

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE.

10 thoughts on “PPBF: Field Trip to the Moon

  1. I love this book! John Hare did such a a great job. Talk about using the formula: Everybody goes on field trips. But what if – “we went to the moon”! I also love that the kid & the reader are the only ones who can see the moon creatures.


  2. With the prospect of space tourism on the horizon, who knows, field trips to the moon may be something in our grandkids’ futures. Hadn’t realized this is a wordless picture book. I look forward to checking it out.


  3. Wow! The illustrations are wonderful! I haven’t read this book, yet, but I recall seeing it on the shelves. I had to smile at how much the “space shuttle” looks like a school bus and because pilots talk so much about getting ready to “drive the bus” when flying people hither, thither and yon. And then leaving a child on the moon so much like the book, The Martian, without the gore and nail-biting tension. I’ve got to pick up a copy and check this out. I, too, want to let my eyes wander over the illustrations. Thanks for the rec, Julie!

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  4. One of my favorite books, when I was a child, was one my grandmother sent to me from Germany. None of the pages held a single word, and the illustrations were literally dreaming spaces filled with details. To this day, every time I look at the book, I’m amazed to discover something I never noticed before. I’ll be adding FIELD TRIP TO THE MOON to my library list. Thank you for sharing this beautiful book with us.


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