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Product Details

  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425950337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425950330
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 10.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,474,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maseo Massey retired in Northern California and the R.D.R. story book was written to get young children to read more about the space programs. He also hope that one day you will see a real R.D.R. in the night sky controlling unserviceable space items and bring fun and delight to all readers. The R.D.R. book is also set up to be read as a wonderful bedtime too. R.D.R. Ram Deflector Rocket

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By Joyce on February 8, 2011
I purchased this book for my 7 year old grandchild. But, once I read it I realized it is also a great book for him to read to his 3 year old brother. I feel that they both will easily be able to follow the storyline and I absolutely LOVE the graphics. This is a perfect way for children to be introduced to space exploration and the problems involved, in a format that they can follow and enjoy. We can't wait for the next book!!!
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I found R.D.R. to be a delightful childrens book. The books graphics and vivid use of colors are more than enough to hold the attention of most youngsters. The story line involves a space station with the primary mission of waste management for the the growing accumulation of debris created since humans entered the void of outer space. The story is set with the R.D.R. doing it's routine mission of cleanup through strategic storage of waste in predesignated areas and reclamation of items to be recycled. The author challenges the reader by creating a disaster that threatens the space shuttle and the lives of it's crew. Aware of the impending peril, R.D.R. risk everything to come to the rescue of the shuttle. This is a good read and brings to the forefront an unresolved issue that is old as time itself i.e. man's ability or inability to expand into new frontiers without negatively impacting them.
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R.D.R. (standing for Ram Deflector Rocket) is on a mission to protect the earth from space junk that is too large to properly decompose. If things like satellites that are no longer in use, and are just floating around in space, were to drop down to earth they may cause unfortunate incidents such as property damage and loss of life. With R.D.R's help, this space junk that is no longer useful, can be discarded. When a meteor shower severely damages the shuttle a group of astronauts are trapped in, its R.D.R. who comes to the rescue!

As an adult I was highly impressed with the amount of detail and relatable language in this children's book. Still, I knew that I couldn't truly give a rating on this book without having the opinion of its target audience. I brought my six year old niece on board to get the perspective from her point of view. She was immediately enamored with the graphic details the illustrator portrayed. The fact that the face of the rocket was just like hers only excited her more! She thought it was great that the main character was of color. I read it to her cover to cover (while she assisted as she was able to recognize many of the `site' words she had learned in school).

At the end I asked her what she learned and she had retained a lot. She said, "The big rocket pushes space junk into the junk yard. Then a space shuttle with astronauts in it got holes punched in it from the space rocks and R.D.R. came to help them and put them into his ship." When I asked her about the grading scale I had to break it down; was it ok, did you like it or did you love it? She was ecstatic when she said, "Auntie I loved it!" Well then, that's all I needed to hear. She agreed with me that this was a great book.
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RDR's story is a great way to engage young readers. It is a great starter book for people who are learning how to read. The story line is captivating for youth interested in space. If you go to his myspace page he introduces you to what the Ram Deflector Rocket is then leaves you to pick up the copy to see what the end is. I have see it in a small book store in Huntsville, Al Expansion Books. I purchased some copies to help my nieces and friends children. They loved the book and can't wait for the next one in the series.
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The super Ram Deflector Rocket (R.D.R.) is a fictional space machine that cleans up junk left in outer space. R.D.R. circles the earth every 24 hours picking up what the space program has released as non-working material. R.D.R. cleans up space saving the earth and allowing for the continuation of the space program. The connection with control central helps the astronauts and will provide for future space travel.

The simplistic storyline and amateur artwork will be easy for young readers to identify with and understand. The story at times is difficult to follow because of the placement of the dialog boxes. This would be a good introduction for study of space and NASA.

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