Originally published in the U.K. in 1996, this spare, emotive story recreates Haddon's (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) experience of watching the Apollo 11 landing. Birmingham's (The Snow Queen) soft-focus, light-infused pictures reveal Haddon's preoccupation with outer space as a boy (he compiles a scrapbook of photos and newspaper clippings, imagines exploring the moon and poses in the snow beside a red, white and blue shirt hanging from a pole-a pretend flag). After staying up to watch the space landing on TV, the boy "went to bed at dawn.... and in his dreams he walked with them." Together, words and art offer a tribute that is at once personal and universal. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Footprints on the Moonby Mark Haddon, Christian Birmingham
Years ago, a little boy gazed at the moon, dizzy with the thought that he was looking at a world 200,000 miles away. As he read atlases and library books and kept clippings on astronauts orbiting the moon, he hoped and hoped/b>
Best-selling author Mark Haddon recalls his boyhood fascination with the moon and his pure wonder at witnessing the first lunar landing.
Years ago, a little boy gazed at the moon, dizzy with the thought that he was looking at a world 200,000 miles away. As he read atlases and library books and kept clippings on astronauts orbiting the moon, he hoped and hoped that they would fi nd a way to land there. And one extraordinary day they did, captured on his fl ickery TV, like giants bouncing in slow motion. When the boy fell asleep, he dreamed that he walked with them too. In this lyrical, transporting tale, Mark Haddon — the boy in the story — conveys the thrill of one moment in history through a child’s eyes, aided by Christian Birmingham’s evocative illustrations.
First released in Britain in 1996, Haddon's work has been reissued and re-titled to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing. The author recalls his childhood fascination with space and the thrill he had watching two astronauts "bouncing slowly through the dust in the Sea of Tranquility like giants in slow motion." The book ends with the author, now an adult, thinking back on the footprints that those brave men left behind. Young readers will identify with the boy's interest in the solar system, particularly the Moon. Birmingham's nostalgia-tinged illustrations have a dreamlike quality and provide readers a glimpse into both the boy's and astronauts' separate worlds until, in a wonderful spread, both worlds join as a third tiny astronaut is seen bouncing on the Moon with Armstrong and Aldrin. The pairing of text and art creates a wonderful read-aloud with which to celebrate a milestone in the history of mankind.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.70(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Mark Haddon is best known as the author of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller And winner of a LOS ANGELES TIMES First Fiction Prize. The author of Many books for children and adults, he lives in Oxford, England.
Christian Birmingham has illustrated many books for children, including Hans Christian Andersen’s THE SNOW QUEEN and several titles by Michael Morpurgo. He lives in England.
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