Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Moments of what PW called "thrilling immediacy" electrify this concise liftoff-to-splashdown account of the historic Apollo 11 mission. Ages 8-12. (May)
Children's Literature - Cheryl Peterson
One of the most exciting historic events of the twentieth century is re-created in this informative book. Written in simplified text, and illustrated with detailed color paintings, the launch of the Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969 is chronicled step-by-step with "ground elapsed time" recorded on each page. A detailed drawing of the Apollo 11/Saturn V rocket makes it easy to see the various stages as they occur during the mission. A brief history of the "space race" between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Challenger space shuttle tragedy, and the current status of space exploration makes this a valuable, up-to-date resource for any home or school library. 1999 (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Exactly 109 hours, 24 minutes, and 15 seconds after he left Earth, Neil Armstrong stood on the moon. Ms. Fraser's art provides a dramatic backdrop to her highlights of the Apollo 11 mission from 2:28:11 hours before its July 16, 1969 launch, to splashdown, 195:17:52 hours later.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Wide use of quotes from mission control and the Apollo 11 transmissions give readers a feeling of immediacy, even though the event is ancient history to the intended age group. The main text begins with blast-off and ends with Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon. There is a two-page follow-up in smaller print telling about international cooperation in space exploration today. Full-color paintings spread over the double-page spreads, with the text printed on the uncluttered area. Diagrams of the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo 11 spacecraft are on the front endpapers and a glossary and diagrams of the spaceship's path and a spacesuit are on the back. This lively account of the first lunar landing will be a welcome addition to most collections.-Margaret M. Hagel, Norfolk Public Library System, VA
ger for reading aloud. Based on photographs and transcripts of the first moon landing in 1969, this fact-filled, illustrated text gives a step-by-step account of the "Apollo II" moon mission. From blast-off to moon landing and return to earth, Fraser focuses on the three astronauts in the spacecraft, also describing what was happening at mission control. Detailed, realistic double-page paintings show people and machines, close-up and in space. The front matter and endpapers are packed with information, including carefully labeled diagrams of the "Apollo II" spacecraft, the "Saturn V" rocket, and the flight profile. Fraser discusses the controversy, then and now, about spending so much on space exploration. In an afterword and throughout the book, she places the moon landing in a wider world context of science and discovery.