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Neil Armstrong (Rookie Biographies) Paperback – February, 2014
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For cogent and straightforward early introductions to famous people, you’d be hard-pressed to top the humble yet hardworking Rookie Biographies series. In 32 pages, the books use layers of info—large declarative sentences, smaller fast facts, and even smaller captions—to ease a reader’s path into an ever-deeper understanding. Every spread includes a well-chosen one-page photo that brings the text to life. Neil Armstrong always knew where he was headed. He had his pilot’s license at 16, led military missions in Korea, test-flew experimental aircraft, and, of course, did a nifty little moonwalk. There’s no real getting into the minds of the subjects, but that’s okay—the facts, the pictures, and the back matter (a poem, life tips, a time line, and more) speak for themselves. Grades K-3. --Daniel Kraus
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This book is a good addition to the grade 1-6 classroom library.
Synopsis: Do you like adventures? Do you like to explore new places? In this biography, you will be transported into the world of Neil Armstrong, the famous astronaut that walked on the moon. You will learn of the hard work that helped Neil Armstrong become the heroic American icon that he is today.
Evaluation: Adventurous young readers will enjoy this short and simplistic biography of Neil Armstrong's life. Dana Meachen Rau takes readers from Armstrong's birth to his historic walk on the moon using short, easy to read sentences and brilliant black and white or color photographs. Unfamiliar words are kept to a minimum or provided with the pronunciation key. This biography does not go into great depth given that it is written for children in first or second grade. It presents simple and basic facts. At the end of this book, a pictorial review of important words is given. Educators teaching primary grades are likely to use this book and the other books found in the Rookie biography series to teach biographies. Young readers in the primary grades will likely enjoy this biography and be inspired to read the others in this series.