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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399247211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399247217
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aldrin, of Apollo 11 fame, leads a journey through centuries of air and space aviation and action, from Isaac Newton’s theories on gravity to the future of Martian colonies and space tours. The text packs in a lot of information, including praise of lesser-known heroes like rocket designer Robert Goddard and fighter pilot Chuck Yeager. Aldrin’s experience gives authority to that which he chooses to spotlight, but he also takes care to personalize each entry. For instance, when speaking of the Wright brothers, he notes that he and Neil Armstrong took a piece of fabric from the Wright Flyer 1 with them to the moon, writing, “I think Orville and Wilbur would have been pleased—and very proud.” The art has a soft touch that may not have enough vigor for some, though it is nicely varied, switching from double-page spreads and inserts to side-by-side comparisons of craft. Historical quotes run across the bottom of each page, and there are two fantastic time lines that fill in details of dates, craft, crew, and much more. Grades 1-3. --Daniel Kraus

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It distinguishes...from other titles that cover similar territory and should leave readers with a clearer sense of how the past connects with the future. --School Library Journal

...Aldrin's first-person account is peppered with comments establishing his connections to so many people and events...a personal touch that may indeed inspire readers to become part of the story someday. ---Horn Book

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The fact that he can write a more-than-decent book for children only magnifies that.
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I would recommend it highly to have in any library or for children to learn about space travel history.
Nancy Griffeth
The text is both interesting and informative, and the illustrations and pictures wonderful.
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Buzz Aldrin grew up in a home surrounded by photographs and memorabilia from some of the most famous pilots in the world. This early environment along with his "dad's love of flying became [his] inspiration to look to the stars." When he was young, he wondered about the early stargazers and learned about such people as Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Isaac Newton. In this book, after this brief glance into the past, Aldrin jumps into the lives of the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh. Did you know that Neil Armstrong and Buzz actually took pieces of fabric from the Wright brother's plane to the moon?

As you read, you will get a glimpse into the lives of Edwin Hubble, Robert Goddard, Charles Lindbergh, Wernher von Braun, Captain Chuck Yeager, Neil Armstrong and many other astronauts. The first satellite, the Sputnik, was the impetus for the race to space and prompted President Kennedy to asking the country to "commit itself to achieving the goal" of landing on the moon. Little did Buzz know that he would be one of the fortunate few to help attain that goal. With Project Apollo the dream would be realized. This book also discusses space probes and speculates about future manned missions. Perhaps even you will be able to "take a space `tour bus' or visit an Earth-orbiting `hotel!'"

This is a much more technical and detailed look at space travel and its history than its counterpart for younger children, "Moonshot." The art work is dazzling and adds a lot to the text. There is an excellent two page spread of information on the Apollo Missions 7 to 17, including diagrams of the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo spacecraft. There is an awesome time line in the back of the book, selected sources and seventeen recommended websites. Young stargazers will want to add this collection . . . if they can get it out of the hands of the grownups!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Fahey on September 13, 2009
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Fantastic, frank, candid!

Buzz Aldrin demonstrates how different people can be, and how competence in many fields does not guarantee competence in all areas of life. He had his human struggles while being extemely competent technically and physically.

He'd reached amazing milestones while still in his 30s (moon walker) and then had trouble making sense of the rest of his life. The story has a happy ending though (it's not over yet) and is worth your time for many reasons.

I heard Buzz speak at a NASA sponsored event (2007 Regolith Excavation Challenge). He is 80 going on 20.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose M on February 9, 2013
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This is a great book. I am using it to teach a thematic unit about astronauts to my Kindergarten class. Aldrin is one of my favorite astronauts, and now I get to teach my students about him, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary W. on December 31, 2012
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I have twin nephews, who like their uncle, are 'Space Nuts' in a nice sort of way. They live out of state, so getting this book for them for Christmas was a natural from Amazon. The book was written by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who made history be being on the first landing on the Moon in 1969. Buzz is a great communicator to share his experience, and he never seems tired of it, even in his older years, and by writing this book, his visions of Spaceflight carry on to perhaps the first twins to either step on the Moon, or else head to Mars, together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Griffeth on December 28, 2010
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My daughter is studying astronomy in college. I bought this book for her for the beautiful pictures. I would recommend it highly to have in any library or for children to learn about space travel history.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Portianay VINE VOICE on October 26, 2009
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I was ten years old when Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon; my family, friends, and I all thought of him as a super-hero, and all these years later, I still do. The fact that he can write a more-than-decent book for children only magnifies that. This book is IT, as far as space non-fiction for the young reader! The illustrations are top-notch, and the text is clear, accurate, and attention-holding. REACHING FOR THE MOON is a favorite among young space enthusiasts; this one wil lplease those readers, and will draw in the uninitiated.
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