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To Space & Back Paperback – January 1, 1995

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Grade 1 Up From the alarm clock ringing at 3:15 a.m. on launch day to getting used to gravity again after returning to Earth, Sally Ride takes readers on a trip in a space shuttle. This oversized book has plenty of clear, full-color photos that follow and supplement the text and bring to life the shuttle flight. Ride's zest for the adventure comes through clearly, making this a book that can be read aloud to young children, please an adult, or inspire anyone in between. This is much shorter and more accessible than previous accounts by astronauts, e.g., Gemini! (Macmillan, 1966; o.p.) by Virgil "Gus" Grissom or Flying to the Moon (Farrar, 1976) by Michael Collins. Just the right book to keep the dream alive while awaiting the next chance for a new American space adventure. Margaret L. Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, N.Y.
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"...comes through clearly, making this a book that can be read aloud to young children, please an adult, or inspire anyone in between." -- -- School Library Journal, Starred Review

"An engrossing account of a space journey, from blastoff to landing, gives intimate, you-are-there details..." -- -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, University of Chicago, Starred Review

"This book is an important contribution to all that has been written about space travel..." -- -- The Chicago Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace College Publishers (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0153052287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0153052286
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,965,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful, well-written book about a space shuttle mission from start to finish. My 7-year old was enthralled by the book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it to him. The book covers topics that are of interest to kids as well as adults, such as how astronauts go to the bathroom in space, how they eat, sleep and shave, etc. It also covers topics that earthbound folk such as me never even thought about, such as what is done with all the weightless hair, crumbs, and the like that float around the cabin at the end of the day. The topics range from the mundane to the scientific. Orbit, launching and retrieving sattelites, and scientific experiments are discussed in easily understable language. I highly recommend this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you, like me, dream of exploring space, then this is the book for you to read. This book litteraly puts you in the shuttle during one of the flights. From countdown to landing, this book takes you through it all. Out of all the astronaut books that I have read, this one is the best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on September 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Heard the taped version of TO SPACE AND BACK by Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space . . . though supposedly written for a young adult audience, I nevertheless found it a fascinating account of what it would be to like to have to eat, sleep and work while circling the Earth.

It has also made me think twice about consuming something as simple as a peanut butter sandwich . . . while you or I would just go to our fridge and prepare such a delicacy in minutes, when in space, you can't just do this whenever you want to . . . you must have at least one other person with you at all times to do such mundane tasks as hold the jar lid when you go to get a knife.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Launius VINE VOICE on March 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Long an advocate for improved science education, astronaut Sally Ride, the first American women to fly in space, has written four children's books: "Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System"; "The Third Planet: Exploring the Earth from Space"; "The Mystery of Mars"; and this one, "To Space and Back."
In this book Dr. Ride takes children on a first person tour of a space shuttle mission. She describes preparations for the flight, the actual launch, orbital flight with its characteristic weightlessness, and the return to Earth when the shuttle lands like an airplane on a runway.
As an example of how she approaches this subject. She writes that at launch plus six minutes: "The force pushing us against the backs of our seats steadily increases. We can barely move because we're being held in place by a force of 3 g's--three times the force of gravity we feel on Earth. At first we don't mind it--we've all felt much more than that when we've done acrobatics in our jet training airplanes. But that lasted only a few seconds, and this seems to go on forever. After a couple of minutes of 3 g's, we're uncomfortable, straining to hold our books on our laps and craning our necks against the force to read the instruments. I find myself wisping we'd hurry up and get into orbit." Then she describes how, at about eight minutes after launch, the engines cut off and she is weightless in Earth orbit.
This book is a treat for young readers. It captures the excitement and mystery of space exploration as only a veteran astronaut--one who is both reflective and committed to the education of young people--can relate it. Share it with them.
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When I was in 3rd grade, I did a report on Sally Ride for school. Right now my 2nd grader is doing one. This book is AWESOME!! It is so interesting! It has great pictures! It talks about what it feels like to go into space - how does it feel at liftoff, what is weightlessness like, how do you eat food, etc. My kids (5 and 7) are captivated by it - I meant to read a few pages at bedtime, but ended up reading 45 - I couldn't stop and they loved it. Money well spent!
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Normally I don't review books, simply because books are more subjective than many other products. Typically people either like or dislike a book, even the best-sellers.

But, I am making an exception this time, because this book is truly remarkable. The way it is written appeals to both young and old. It answers questions in way you had never thought to ask them. What's it like to fly into space? To orbit earth? To land again?

Amazing!
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