Man on the Moon

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It was 1969 and no one had ever set foot on the moon. Some said it couldn't be done. But astronauts Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong were going to try . . . Here in picture book format is the amazing true story of the first moon landing, when a man set foot on an unexplored world and showed us that the boundaries of our world were limitless.

"[A] perfect introduction to space, the space program, and exploration. Thrilling!" (Kirkus...

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Overview

It was 1969 and no one had ever set foot on the moon. Some said it couldn't be done. But astronauts Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong were going to try . . . Here in picture book format is the amazing true story of the first moon landing, when a man set foot on an unexplored world and showed us that the boundaries of our world were limitless.

"[A] perfect introduction to space, the space program, and exploration. Thrilling!" (Kirkus Reviews)

"The milestone event [is] a great idea for a picture book!" (Publishers Weekly)

Describes in illustrations and simple text the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, culminating in man's first lunar landing.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The astronauts Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong don their spacesuits. These brave men are going to the moon! No one has ever been there before. The countdown begins... 3-2-1 liftoff! Days pass as the astronauts fly their way to the moon. People watch the astronauts' progress on their TVs. Finally the spacecraft approaches the moon. Neil Armstrong takes that first step and says to a watching world, "One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." This is an excellent picture book, with clear illustrations and simple text on each page, to introduce the preschool child to this important historical event. 2002, Puffin Books/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 8.
— Alex Hicklin
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Blast off to the moon in this historical picture book, which captures the excitement of the Apollo 11 moon landing. A wonderful blend of text and illustration captures the reader from the first page where the astronauts are donning their space suits and people are still saying that a moon landing, "couldn't be done." The drama continues as the rocket heads through outer space and the astronauts see the moon looming closer. Weightlessness is captured in the illustration of Aldrin and Armstrong climbing into the "Eagle." It attains a crescendo as Armstrong steps onto the surface of the moon and states his immortal words. A "you are there" feeling permeates the account and the illustrations. The text is simple enough to engage preschoolers, yet provides good introductory information for primary grades.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4--A poetic telling of the flight and lunar landing of Apollo 11 in July 1969. The text is very brief and may confuse children with no knowledge of the subject. The full-color illustrations help clarify the text, and many of the paintings are appropriately dramatic: the first glimpse of the moon from the spacecraft, the shadow of the Eagle as it nears its destination, and a double-page spread of Neil Armstrong's foot making its mark. This book could complement Judy Donnelly's Moonwalk (Random, 1989) and Susan Gold's Countdown to the Moon (Crestwood, 1992), both of which contain photographs and more detailed information.--Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Kirkus Reviews
A look at the 1969 moon landing in a consummate picture book that also introduces space exploration, recounts historical events, portrays real people, relates facts, tells a story, and leaves readers with the happiest of endings: "One small step for man . . ."

Suen's first book accomplishes all this clearly and in a way that will interest even young children: "Moon, do you remember your first visitors?" The astronauts are succinctly introduced in well-turned sentences: "Each had flown in space, but no one had ever touched the moon. No one." The suspense of the journey, the marvel of space travel, and Armstrong's historic statement are described in a practical, seasoned fashion. As for the art, expert compositions convey the awesome proportions of space and spacecraft. A variety of perspectives provide drama: the landing as seen from the moon's surface, a close-up of two astronauts circling each other in weightlessness inside the capsule. An author's note and a footnote on perhaps the most famous verbal gaffe in recorded history (Armstrong's "man" instead of "a man") round out this perfect introduction to space, the space program, and exploration. Thrilling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140565980
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 276,517
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.69 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Anastasia Suen, author of more than 60 books for children and Picture Writing (Writer's Digest Books, 2003), co-taught children’s literature at University of North Texas. She currently teaches the Story Structure Workshop at Southern Methodist University and children's writing workshops online. Suen talks about books and writes with children and adults at schools, libraries, bookstores, book festivals and conferences. A credentialed elementary school teacher, she is on the Reading Advisory Board for the Rosen Publishing Group and has worked as a poetry consultant for Sadlier-Oxford. A former director of Seminars in Children's Literature and advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Suen is a co-founder of the Writers Roundtable Conference. She is on the Children's Book Council Children's Book Authors and Illustrators List and the "Great Children's Poets" List.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    This book gives a simple but true account to the Apollo 11 1969

    This book gives a simple but true account to the Apollo 11 1969 trip trip to the Moon. My 3 year old son loves this book. We keep reading it over and over again and pretend we are the astronauts. This is a perfect book for young kids who enjoy rackets, astronauts and space. 

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