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To Space & Back Paperback – January 1, 1995


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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 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0153052287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0153052286
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,355,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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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29 of 29 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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17 of 18 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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6 of 6 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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