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Rocket Man: The Mercury Adventure of John Glenn
     

Rocket Man: The Mercury Adventure of John Glenn

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by Ruth Ashby
 

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Astronaut John Glenn heard only silence as heat began to build up in his Mercury capsule. Just four feet behind him, the temperature rose to 9,500 degrees-almost as hot as the surface of the sun. The glow outside of the window was a bright orange. Glenn's back began to tense. If the heat shield was down, that was where he would feel the heat first. Would Friendship 7

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Astronaut John Glenn heard only silence as heat began to build up in his Mercury capsule. Just four feet behind him, the temperature rose to 9,500 degrees-almost as hot as the surface of the sun. The glow outside of the window was a bright orange. Glenn's back began to tense. If the heat shield was down, that was where he would feel the heat first. Would Friendship 7 return to Earth as a giant fireball?

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Children's Literature
Ashby limits her biography to the historic orbital flight made by John Glenn in February of 1962. Her well-researched text is solidly factual with just enough anecdotes to keep it lively. Child of the Depression, the hard working Glenn eagerly embraced flight, served admirably in the Korean War, and fought hard to be included among the first space pioneers. The training for the flight and the actual flight aboard Friendship 7 is chronicled with the excitement of a devoted fan so maybe one can forgive the undocumented quotes. It is difficult to fault a book written with such admiration and obvious fact-checking but it is 106 pages of solid text without one photograph to break up the narrative. Where are the photos of John Glenn the boy, the jet pilot, the celebrated astronaut, the senior senator from Ohio? An addendum that summarizes early space exploration has two small paintings of Glenn as he appeared in 1962 and in 1998 when he again went into space. There is no index and the bibliography contains two books that few children will read—Glenn's own memoirs and Tom Wolf's The Right Stuff. 2004, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 10 to 12.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Reminiscent of biographies written in the 1950s, this book describes Glenn's life in a highly readable style. Ashby also skillfully includes historical events in the narrative. Beginning with Glenn's childhood, she highlights his contributions to his family during the Great Depression, as he helped save their house by growing and selling crops, washing cars, and delivering newspapers. She traces his flying career during World War II and the Korean War and as a test pilot. She also describes the difficulties he had to overcome to become an astronaut, his historic orbital flight around the Earth, his time as a senator, and his return to space on the Discovery at age 77. The few photographs included are limited to a short section describing the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. There is no documentation for the many quotes and thoughts that appear throughout the text. Michael Cole's John Glenn (Enslow, 1993) or Rafael Tilton's John Glenn (Lucent, 2001) are better suited for research.-Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561457458
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
12/04/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
965,011
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Rocket Man the Mercury Adventure of John Glenn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
The nonfiction book is about the extraordinary life of John Glenn who became the first United States astronaut to orbit Earth. This historical achievement happened on February 20,1962. The space rocket named Atlas was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. John Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” spacecraft for three orbits of Earth, reaching and orbital velocity of 17, 500 mph (approximately 28,000 kilometres per hour). The total mission time was four hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds in space. The book further explores John Glenn's career as a United States senator from the state of Ohio and and his historic return to space in 1998 at the age of 77. John Glenn made history again on October 29,1998, by becoming the oldest man to fly in space aboard the space shuttle named Discovery. One of my favorite parts of reading the inspirational book was learning how John Glenn became an astronaut. No astronauts could be older than thirty nine years of age or weigh more than 180 pounds. Astronauts were also required to have a college degree. I recommend all readers of all ages to read the fascinating Rocket Man and give a rating of five stars. Reviewed by Cyrus S., age 9, Greater New York Mensa
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
Rocket Man is an excellent book because it is informative, keeps the readers attention, and shows the persistence of a true hero. The author, Ruth Ashby has drawn from a notable circle of information including Glenn’s own memoir. Also, throughout the book, there is an inside look at the tension of waiting to be the space program’s first man in orbit. Finally, there is an overarching theme of persistence in the way Glenn handles the difficult situations, problems, and setbacks that come his way. Ashby’s book is well-written and entertaining as well as informative. (rev. A.Freeman) DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Peachtree Publishers on behalf of the author for the purpose of our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those the reviewer. There was no obligation for a positive review.