Powerful free verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would try to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. During the two thousand, nine hundred and seventy-nine days that followed his speech, eighteen astronauts climbed into spaceships; three of them died before even leaving the ground. Eight rockets soared into space. And four hundred thousand peopleengineers, technicians, scientists, mathematicians, and machinistsjoined Project Apollo in hopes of making the dream a reality.
Award-winning author and former mechanical engineer Suzanne Slade joins up with New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez to tell the powerful story of the successes, failures, triumphs, tragedies, and lessons learned from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to the first Moon landing.
|Publisher:||Peachtree Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||10.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of over one hundred children’s books. She lives in Illinois.
Thomas Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the United States as a child. An artist and painter, he directed campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, NASCAR, the NFL, and McDonald’s, in addition to illustrating children’s books. He lives in Georgia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Though the book has plenty of amazing details and is chock full of interesting aspects of the endeavor, this book isn’t technical or blatantly informational. Instead, this account of the mission to land men on the moon depicts the human side, the investment of time, effort, and lives; the power of dreams. It’s the story of planning, talent, resilience, and perseverance. Today children see the focus on Mars and beyond. Travel in our solar system appears almost matter of fact, a given. COUNTDOWN provides a fascinating look at how it all started, the complicated nature of the endeavor, and an emotional connection for the reader. What a fantastic experience it would be for an adult who witnessed this time in the 1960s to sit and read the book with children, sharing experiences, questions, and thoughts. Told in free verse, the thoughtful text lets spectacular illustrations fill the page. This is truly a gorgeous book, both in the art and the text!
This book is about the years and major events leading up to the Apollo 11 mission and moon landing, combining somewhat simple but very well-written descriptions of them in a poetic but non-rhyming format with beautifully drawn images of the events featured in the book. The book also features short biographies of those involved with every Apollo mission leading up to and including Apollo 11. The highlight of the book, in my opinion, is the combination of the beautiful artwork with the simultaneously poem-like yet interesting and factual writing. I give the book a 4 out of 5 stars. Review by Joshua B, age 15, Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa