The First Men Who Went to the Moon
The First Men Who Went to the Moon
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Annotation: Through verse and informational text, the 1969 Apollo 11's historic mission is celebrated, from liftoff to moon landing to successful return to Earth.
Genre: Engineering
Catalog Number: #178473
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Brundage, Scott,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-585-36412-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-585-36412-1
Dewey: 629.45
LCCN: 2018037163
Dimensions: 24 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
A cumulative tale modeled after "The House That Jack Built" depicts the journey of the first three astronauts who traveled to the moon on Apollo 11. Additional bulleted facts accompany the author's lyrical, descriptive verses up to the welcome afforded the heroic travelers upon returning home. Brundage's cool palette enhances a mainly night-set story well-suited to bedtime reading. Reading list. Bib.
Kirkus Reviews
A 50th-anniversary commemoration of the epochal Apollo 11 mission.Modeling her account on "The House That Jack Built" (an unspoken, appropriate nod to President John F. Kennedy's foundational role in the enterprise), Greene takes Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins from liftoff to post-splashdown ticker-tape parade. Side notes on some spreads and two pages of further facts with photographs at the end, all in smaller type, fill in select details about the mission and its historical context. The rhymed lines are fully cumulated only once, so there is some repetition but never enough to grow monotonous: "This is the Moon, a mysterious place, / a desolate land in the darkness of space, / far from Earth with oceans blue." Also, the presentation of the text in just three or fewer lines per spread stretches out the narrative and gives Brundage latitude for both formal and informal group portraits of Apollo 11's all-white crew, multiple glimpses of our planet and the moon at various heights, and, near the end, atmospheric (so to speak) views of the abandoned lander and boot prints in the lunar dust.It's not the most dramatic version, but it's a visually effective and serviceable addition to the rapidly growing shelf of tributes to our space program's high-water mark. (Informational picture book. 6-8)
Publishers Weekly
Writing in quiet verse reminiscent of -This Is the House that Jack Built,- Greene tells the story of Apollo 11, which -lifted off and soared through the heavens/ and carried the first men who went to the Moon.- Each spread also includes factual and historical details: -While on the Moon, Armstrong and Aldrin set up scientific equipment, took photographs, gathered rock and soil samples, and planted an American flag.- Brundage-s striking illustrations depict the craft-s ascension and views through the vessel-s window of Earth and of the moon, -a desolate land in the darkness of space.- Greene and Brundage provide social and historical context for the mission, while the naturalistic images capture the awe-inspiring magnitude of the moon landing. Ages 7-8. (Mar.)
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: 970L

2020 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Master List

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a challenge to the nation: land astronauts on the moon by the end of the decade. The Apollo program was designed by NASA to meet that challenge, and on July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin. Apollo 11's prime mission objective: "Perform a manned lunar landing and return." Four days after take-off, the Lunar Module "Eagle," carrying Armstrong and Aldrin, separated from the Command Module "Columbia," and descended to the moon. Armstrong reported back to Houston's Command Center, "The Eagle has landed." America and the world watched in wonder and awe as a new chapter in space exploration opened. Through verse and informational text, author Rhonda Gowler Greene celebrates Apollo 11's historic moon landing.

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