Rocket Man: The Mercury Adventure of John Glenn

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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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561453238
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Rocket Man 1
Chapter 1 All-American Boy 7
Chapter 2 Up, Up, and Away 17
Chapter 3 Faster Than a Speeding Bullet 27
Chapter 4 Becoming an Astronaut 35
Chapter 5 The Star Sailors 41
Chapter 6 Mean Machines 47
Chapter 7 Into the Space Age 61
Chapter 8 Waiting Game 67
Chapter 9 The Mission 75
Chapter 10 Flying-by-Wire 83
Chapter 11 "Just the Normal Day in Space" 91
Chapter 12 One American Legend 99
Space Explorers 109
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  • Posted January 23, 2013

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    Rocket Man is an excellent book because it is informative, keeps

    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.

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