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The Race for Space: The United States And the Soviet Union Compete for the New Frontier (People's History) Library Binding – June, 2006

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Grade 5–8—A compelling portrait of the United States's rivalry with the former Soviet Union over space technology from the 1950s to the early 1990s. The emphasis is on the historical aspects of the rivalry and not the astronautic science, and how this "competition" influenced government, the arts, and popular culture. The fast-paced, simple text conveys Americans' excitement at the time as well as their fears of the USSR becoming more advanced than the United States. Facts are interwoven with quotes and anecdotes from everyday people and well-known figures from horror writer Stephen King to Hillary Clinton. Included in the discussion are the racist and sexist attitudes of the time that excluded opportunities for women and people of color in the space program. Black-and-white photographs show both examples of space technology and snapshots of popular culture. There are extensive source notes. Additionally, there is a piece of the original communication between the astronauts of Apollo 11 and scientists at the Manned Space Center in Houston. This is a great read for young space enthusiasts as well as children who enjoy American history.—Michael Santangelo, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Gr. 6-9. This volume from the People's History series begins with the night in 1957 when Americans learned that the Soviet Union had launched Sputnik. Relating the reactions of individuals such as 10-year-old Stephen King and teenage space enthusiast Homer Hickham, Kuhn draws readers into the story with her skillful portrayal of how the knowledge that a Russian-made satellite was flying overhead set America on a new trajectory that ended, just 12 years later, with the Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the moon. Though many black-and-white photographs illustrate the book, the lack of color (other than the green used for lettering for headings and captions and for tinting chapter-head photos) limits the book's visual appeal. Despite the book's lackluster format, Kuhn has seamlessly woven the history into a compelling story. The volume concludes with source notes, a selected bibliography, a time line, and an excerpt from the transcripts of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's conversations during the first lunar landing. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: People's History
  • Library Binding: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books (June 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822559846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822559849
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book to my eight-year-old boy and nine-year-old girl as a component of our study of the solar system. We did one chapter per day and because of their ages and unfamiliarity with these decades of US history, I had to pause now and then to give them more information or explain a concept further. Nonetheless they were fascinated and entertained by the story in the book. There were subjects introduced that required lots of further discussion (ethical issues of animals in space, especially in the case of Laika; that the Russians were winning the space race for a long time--and the fraction of their GDP required to do so and how this affected daily life for the average Russian, etc). Sputnik is now part of their vocabulary and as familiar to them as Apollo 11.
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This book brings to life the heroes of the early space program. Now that our exploration of space has deteriorated to sending astronauts to the space station in a Russian shuttle, this book is a good reminder of our country's former excellence. Young kids need to read it.
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We used this for our 5th grader's research report on the space race. It was very good because it was written on her level, which made it easy for her to write her note cards. It had almost all the information she needed, and what it didn't have we got from NASA's site.
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