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Library Book: Moonshot (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) Hardcover – June 23, 2010
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- ASIN : 141695046X
- Publisher : National Geographic School Pub; 1st edition (June 23, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781416950462
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416950462
- Reading age : 4 - 10 years
- Lexile measure : AD830L
- Grade level : Preschool - 5
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 10.5 x 0.4 x 11.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #278,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book leaves out the most moving part of the whole saga -- the planting of the American flag on the moon. Planting the flag before the USSR was the whole point. It was America's proof that we won the Space Race. That was why we went.
This book doesn't even mention Armstrong's famous phrase "This is one small step for man..."
In short, the book tries to hide the fact that the Moon Landing was an American accomplishment. It doesn't mention that America to this day is still the only country ever to send people to the moon.
I gave Moonshot to my four-year-old son for Christmas, and he has already asked to read it several times. When we're not reading it, he spends lots of time looking at the pictures on his own. Although this book is about three times as long as most of the books we read together, it holds his attention. We often pause while reading Moonshot to examine details in the pictures and to answer questions raised by the text.
I highly recommend Moonshot and Locomotive.
The book is exceptionally well written. Accessible and easy to understand for children but at the same time surprisingly detailed. The drawings are simply beautiful. I must admit I often get moved to tears just reading it, it really puts you there.
My only wish is that the end of the story would be a little more detailed as well, after the landing it seems to be over in a hurry and not much is said about the way back and landing.
But this is a 5-star book without hesitation, one that children and parents alike will love and enjoy.
I also highly recommend two very educational DVDs covering the Apollo moon missions from the early 60s thru 1973. First, is Ron Howard's theatrical production of "Apollo 13", and second, Tom Hank's HBO mini series (12 episodes), "From the Earth to the Moon". Both are truly outstanding docudramas faithfully based on the events of those particular NASA years leading up landing six different two man crews on the Moon, Apollo 11 being the first. These are all of the Apollo astronauts own true stories, some quite tragic but most very successful, with very realistic reenactments of all the missions.
This book is absorbing and appropriate for a wide range of ages because of the carefully chosen /sonically interesting language, beautiful pictures, and more-detailed extra information inside front and back covers which appeals to older children. And parents, for that matter.
Oddly, however, the book doesn't;t include Neil Armstong's famous line, "One small step for man..." Weird to have left it out.