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Moon Landing: Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Pop-Up Hardcover – November 11, 2008

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Grade 4–7—This is a handsome, carefully engineered compendium. The text begins with the so-called space race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the l950s and '60s and then offers brief descriptions of the 17 flights that made up the Apollo program. Here the emphasis is on the famous landing of the Eagle on the Moon in July 1969. The pop-ups and foldout pages on sturdy, shiny paper demonstrate the mechanical aspects of the spacecraft and offer a bold sense of both the rocketry and the trip. Small photographs and drawings surround the larger views. On a few pages a small booklet of information is tucked into a slotted page. With just one pop-up per spread accompanied by other engineered elements, the pages pack considerable information about the Moon and the human experience in traveling to it in both the visual material and the text. Unfortunately, the book lacks acknowledgments of authority. Some pages would be attractive exhibit views, but children will surely want hands-on reading of the book. It's a first-rate choice.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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About the Author

Richard Platt is the author of more than sixty books, including CASTLE DIARY, PIRATE DIARY, and EGYPTIAN DIARY. He lives in Kent, England.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Nov Pop edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763640468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763640460
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.7 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My family and I recently visited the Houston Space Center and our 5-year-old daughter has expressed a keen interest in the subject of space exploration. I got this book as a means of making the complex concepts associated with space exploration a bit more accessible, and given that she is a visual learner, felt the pop-ups would serve as a high-motivating factor.

The book itself is well-designed with lots of fun features that provide details about rockets, mission planning, space suits, moon landing, the life inside a space capsule, and many more. The book begins with a brief overview of how space travel came to be, with mention of Project Mercury and the first pop-up is the launching of the Freedom 7 Mercury capsule. There is also a tiny booklet which contains photographs of all the Apollo missions' crew members. The next pop-up is of the Gemini 4 capsule with a side fold-out of the Saturn 5 rocket. This is followed by details regarding the moon missions with a pop-up of the moon, the lunar module adapter, and command service module, and important facts covering the early missions. The next pop-up was the most fascinating for my 5-year-old - that of an astronaut in his space suit with details about the function of each part of the suit. There are also some interesting tidbits about waste management aboard the capsules which elicited giggles from my daughter! The final pop-up is of the Eagle landing on the Moon (quite wonderfully done might I add) with details about that historic event.

This is a wonderful book for any child (and adult) that loves all things to do with space exploration. The pop-ups are well-done and the details are sufficient to satisfy basic curiosity whilst kindling interest to know more. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Feinberg on September 13, 2009
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This book gives the enthralling story of Apollo 11 in a clever, well-executed, and colorful format! Beginning with the Mercury Redstone Freedom 7 flight of Alan Shepherd, the book chronicles America's fantastic race to the Moon throughout the 1960's. The book is full of gorgeous photographs, drawings, and technical information on the various aspects of space exploration, including some of the various instrumentation. This is a great book especially geared for young people (probably K-6) who enjoy creative formats, however most adults would appreciate its concise, but wonderfully complete, glimpse of the history of Apollo 11 and what went into that mission. I bought my copy just because it so uniquely and extraordinarily presented the encapsulated history of this amazing mission. The final pop up in the book is a fun, colorful, and ambitious image of the Lunar Module "Eagle" and the two astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren, landed on the Moon surface. Once the pop up is opened, it must be about 10 inches in height! I dare say that most of my college students could benefit from reading the facts presented in the book as they are no longer common knowledge. If mankind continues to push out into space to study, understand, and hopefully benefit from our knowledge of the Universe, then it makes sense that we never forget our amazing history and the many Blessings of the astoundingly successful NASA missions of our nation's past!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. J. Hodgson on September 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a pop-up book to treasure well into the future. Superbly illustrated, with amazing paper engineered pop-ups that tell the story of Apollo 11. Even the Moon receives a special treatment, coming to life, before your very eyes! The book itself is well manufactured and will stand the test of time. A real joy for any space cadet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Country Girl on January 1, 2011
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My Father worked at Grumman when this was all happening so I plan to give this to my grandchildren for Christmas in 2011 so they can see what it was all about. Hopefully they will take care of this book and have it for many years as it is a pop-up book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Seeman on February 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My 4 yr old is really into 'space stuff' and we saw this at barnes & nobles but it seemed so expensive. I checked amazon while at the store and it was a much better price. He of course likes the 'pop up' element but it's also very educational.
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By Babs Brook on January 29, 2013
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I'm not a huge fan of the moon landing program, just not my thing. But this book has me interested in the program now. My daughters were excited by the pop ups and hopefully will draw them in to read the book.

I originally purchased this book because of my interest in pop up books/mechanics and the 3D of the moon is what piqued my interest. There are flaps galore to add more information to the two page spreads. The astronaut is mobile. The Redstone does launch (minus the noise). There are little pull out booklets also.

Unfortunately, my children are almost too old for this book - you know, where mom and kids can sit down and enjoy a book together. They will definitely get enjoyment out of this book by themselves though. There is something about touching the aspects of a subject that makes it come alive. A something that cannot be duplicated on a computer screen. If you are tight on money/time and want a field trip to Cape Canaveral, this book would be a good substitute.

I would recommend this to any(one) family that wants to explore their curiosity about the moon and man's journey there and back. (or like me, explore their interest in paper engineering and launch into space - yes, pun intended).

Thank you Richard Platt and David Hawcock.
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