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Eight Days Gone Hardcover – July 1, 2012


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  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580893643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580893640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K-Gr 2-Vibrant poetry and dramatic artwork describe the 1969 Apollo 11 voyage. One- and two-syllable words drive the story from the launch to the lunar landing and the historic Moon walk, while crisp oil paintings take readers through the mission. The three astronauts are shown walking to the Florida launch site and waving before their epic journey. Each man gets his own spread, e.g., "Armstrong makes his/one small step./Giant leap/from years of prep." All three are shown in their victory parade. The bold, punchy text and vivid illustrations combine to make this a great candidate for storytime as well as exciting solo enjoyment.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The momentous Apollo 11 mission unfolds in pictures and rhyming verse. Eighteen two-page spreads illustrate the story, and McReynolds tells it in tight four-line verses using identical rhyme schemes, beginning with "Hundreds gather. / Hot July. / Spaceship ready / set to fly." The rocket blasts into space, begins its orbit, and, after a uniform check, the lunar module disconnects and lands safely on the moon. The control room watches intently. Michael Collins stays with Columbia, "Waits, observing, / tracking trip." Neil Armstrong is the first to walk on the moon ("Armstrong makes his / one small step. / Giant leap from / years of prep"), and Buzz Aldrin? Well ... "Edwin Aldrin / hops around. / Boot prints left on / ashen ground." O'Rourke's richly detailed illustrations are done in oils, with black, white and many shades of gray predominating. They often resemble photographs, with the exception of the people, who look jarringly like Playskool figures. The story has often been written for children before, but never as comprehensively yet concisely for the very young. The rhyme scheme and flat perspectives, if not palette, recall Dan Yaccarino's splendid Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I'm Off to the Moon (1997). An author's note and bibliography extend the experience, though the books listed notably omit the many fine titles published recently on the subject. Still, nifty. (Informational picture book. 3-6) --Kirkus Reviews

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The author wrote the book in rhyme and it is very fun to read out loud.
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The story relates the tale of the 1969 Apollo 11 space launch and the first lunar landing.
Dorine White
What a fantastic book to introduce kids to the beauty and drama of space exploration.
LP Salas

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LP Salas on October 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Eight Days Gone, by Linda McReynolds (Charlesbridge, 2012), is a wonderful nonfiction rhyming picture book. It tells the story of the first landing on the moon, in 1969.Since my dad was a career engineer for NASA, space topics hold extra interest for me. Even if that weren't the case, though, I would find this book gripping. How's this for drama?

Armstrong makes his
one small step.
Giant leap from
years of prep.

Edwin Aldrin
hops around.
Boot prints left on
ashen ground.

Desolation.
Silent. Dark.
Tranquil sea.
Barren. Stark.

Wow. What a fantastic book to introduce kids to the beauty and drama of space exploration.The author's note gives a prose summary of the expedition with added detail and explains things alluded to in the rhyming text, like the quarantine the returning astronauts were put under. When we can tell the true stories of history and science, that's when we can make even more kids care about these things. This is a picture book I wish I had written! Eight Days Gone is ideal for storytimes (very graphic, uncluttered art by Ryan O'Rourke) and primary classrooms!

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(Book source: Review copy I requested from Charlesbridge)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justpez on July 4, 2012
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This book has it all for your kids... Great art... Great prose... And a GREAT subject! Its based on fact and still fun. Wish there were more books like this to share with little kids.
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With the marketplace being flooded by Princesses, Trains, Bears & Superheros - it is refreshing to see a children's book telling the tale of some real life heros.

Eight Days Gone is the story of the 1969 Apollo 11 Lunar Moon Mission that spans from the famous shuttle's launch to its oceanic return with a parade thrown in for good measure.

McReynolds writing style keeps the story flowing with a rhythmic rhyme scheme that a parent could easily add a musical tone to keep repeated readings fresh, while O'Rourke's detailed illustrations and shading provides a fantastic backdrop to compliment the story.

It's few & far between that kids get to hear an amazing story of history, but Eight Days Gone rises up to the challenge & makes this book a must-have for all Jr. Astronauts.
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Recommended. Eight Days Gone is an excellent and informative story about probably the greatest space program accomplishment ever in our nation.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully simple rhyming story of the Apollo 11 mission. Its short, punchy verse and bold graphic illustrations lends itself well for storytimes, bedtimes, lessons, etc. My 2.5 year old daughter has a fascination with space ever since she saw the Endeavour down in L.A. This book is PERFECT for very young children with inquisitive minds, even though some of the language is more advanced (Desolate, Tranquil, etc). A real winner for budding young scientists.
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