Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, Newly Expanded Edition
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, Newly Expanded Edition
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Annotation: Here is a story of adventure and discovery, a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.
Genre: Engineering
Catalog Number: #6574174
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: STEAM STEAM Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 56
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-534-44030-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-534-44030-2
Dewey: 629.45
LCCN: 2007052358
Dimensions: 31 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A fresh, expanded edition of Floca's top-drawer tribute to the first moon landing, which won a Siber
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A fresh, expanded edition of Floca's top-drawer tribute to the first moon landing, which won a Sibert honor in 2010.New here is an early nod to the "thousands of people" who worked behind the scenes to make the mission a success (a nod echoed in the closing recap) and a much-enlarged account of Apollo 11's return flight to Earth. Both include new art: For the first, a set of vignettes clearly depicts women and people of color playing prominent roles (including a recognizable Katherine Johnson), and for the second, the 2009 original's two pages grow to eight, climaxed by a close-up of the command module Columbia's furious, fiery re-entry. The narrative, along with having expanded to match, has been lightly tweaked throughout but remains as stately and dramatic as ever: "But GO, GO, says Mission Control: / ‘Eagle, Houston. You're GO for landing.' / Far from home and far from help, / still steady, steady the astronauts fly, / as time and fuel are running out." Minor changes in other illustrations and added or clarified details in the text add further life and luster to a soaring commemoration of our space program's most spectacular achievement. This is the rare revised edition that adds enough new material to demand purchase.Still essential reading, more so than ever for being broader in scope and more balanced of presentation than the original. (Informational picture book. 7-12)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* The original Moonshot (2009) became a bright star in the constellation of children's space-travel books. Published on the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, it told how astronauts traveled to the moon, walked on its surface for the first time, and returned to Earth. For 10 years, this Sibert Honor Book has wowed its audience. How is the revised edition different? The text is more inclusive (no longer implying that only men worked in NASA's control room) and more expressive, through better placement of phrases on the page. Eight new pages offer room for two worthwhile additions. First, an early double-page spread acknowledges and depicts racially diverse groups of individuals representing the thousands of men and women who planned the mission, designed and built the spacecraft, made the spacesuits, and so on. Later, six new pages allow for a fuller portrayal of the mission, including the night spent on the moon, Eagle's crucial docking with Columbia, and the capsule's dramatic reentry into Earth's atmosphere. The new illustrations in this section work beautifully with the well-chosen words. Telling the Apollo 11 story more fully while recognizing the contributions of women and minorities, here's an engaging, enlightening, and timely new edition of this visually stunning book.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 1,462
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 129861 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 780L
Guided Reading Level: P
Fountas & Pinnell: P

An extraordinary delight for a reader of any age.”The New York Times Book Review

Brian Floca explores Apollo 11’s famed moon landing with this newly expanded edition of Moonshot!

Simply told, grandly shown, and now with eight additional pages of brand-new art and more in-depth information about the historic moon landing, here is the flight of Apollo 11. Here for a new generation of readers and explorers are the steady astronauts clicking themselves into gloves and helmets, strapping themselves into sideways seats. Here are their great machines in all their detail and monumentality, the ROAR of rockets, and the silence of the Moon. Here is a story of adventure and discovery—a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.

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