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Children's LiteratureThis entry in the six-volume "History of Space Exploration" tells the story of the first men and women who traveled into space. Yuri Gagarin, the first in 1961, was followed by others, including John Glenn, who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the earth. John Glenn, Ed White, and Yuri Gagarin are among those with short boxed profiles. Other pioneers are mentioned within the text. Text covers the tensions between the USSR and the United States over the U2 incident and the various "races" implicit in the venture to place people in space (1957 to 1968). Extensively captioned color and black-and-white photos, occasional diagrams, boxed material including pocket biographies, and quotes break up the page without overwhelming the several paragraphs per heading that convey the chronology. In addition to a timeline, a glossary, bibliography, places to visit, space camps, and websites plus an index are included. 2005, World Almanac, Ages 11 to 16.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.