Powerful free verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon.In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would tr
Powerful free verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would try to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. During the two thousand, nine hundred and seventy-nine days that followed his speech, eighteen astronauts climbed into spaceships; three of them died before even leaving the ground. Eight rockets soared into space. And four hundred thousand people — engineers, technicians, scientists, mathematicians, and machinists — joined Project Apollo in hopes of making the dream a reality.
Award-winning author and former mechanical engineer Suzanne Slade joins up with New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez to tell the powerful story of the successes, failures, triumphs, tragedies, and lessons learned from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to the first Moon landing.
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is the award-winning author of over one hundred children?s books. She lives in Illinois.
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"Captivating free-verse narrative. . . vivid mixed-media illustrations that stun with photographic realism and varied perspectives. . . this well-researched title offers a stirring introduction to one of humankind?s most impressive undertakings."
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Elegant and informative, this is sure to attract casual browsers and true space nerds alike."
— Booklist, Starred Review
"A grand — if, so many years later, nostalgic — tale about a magnificent effort. A handsomely packaged look back at an epochal achievement."
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On the National Science Teachers Association?s (NSTA) 2019 Outstanding Science Books for Children list