Children's Literature - Joyce RiceBaby boomers will remember the thrill of being allowed to stay up late at night to watch the launching of various space vehicles. They will also remember where they were and what they were doing when the Challenger exploded in mid-air and killed the astronauts in the vehicle, including teacher Christa McAuliffe. Today's student is not as enthusiastic about the launches that have become commonplace and familiar, although few sites are as thrilling as the launching of a rocket. Here, students will learn about the first rocket maker, Robert Goddard, and his dream of a rocket that would fly fast enough and high enough to reach the moon. Historical photos and magazine covers help bring history to life. A diagram of a simple rocket teaches readers how the rocket works. The Challenger and the Columbia tragedies are covered here. This fifteen volume series includes titles about various twentieth century inventions, including the cotton gin, microscopes, submarines, television, and the airplane. The eighteen page appendix includes a time line, a glossary, an index, and recommended websites. This is an acceptable addition to the middle school collection for research resources in this area, although it will prove too difficult for reluctant readers. Part of the "Great Inventions" series.
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