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Nonfiction Monday: Moonshot

This weekend I spent far too much time on things that were not the things I needed to be doing, so I’m keeping today’s entry short and sweet so that I can (a) make the family room non-embarrassing, (b) get groceries before we start eating ramen noodles for breakfast, and (c) find my 2010 calendar — in March.

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
by Brian Floca
Atheneum Books, 2009

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11Moonshot is simply the perfect book for young readers interested in space travel and astronauts. The text is simple and slight — more verse style than prose — but covering the essence of this amazing event. The preparation of the astronauts, the countdown and liftoff, the stages of rocket separation, and the landing are all laid out in a way that is easily understood. The end pages give an enormous amount of additional information on both the spaceships and the journey itself. And of course, Floca’s wonderful illustrations bring the reader into each scene with their detail and beauty. While not taking home a Caldecott as some people expected, Moonshot has no shortage of awards and recommendations.

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6 comments:

Tina's Blog said...

I think we are on the same schedule - I'm not sure where my 2010 calendar is, either, but I do have the one from 2009 in my school bag yet.

Amy said...

Awesome book - we have it at home for my 4 year old who is now into rockets...the illustrations are beautiful...

Solvang Sherrie said...

This is exactly the kind of book my daughter would enjoy. She plans to be an astronaut (among other things!) when she grows up and already has quite a collection of books about space. We'll have to add this to the library :)

The Wild About Writing Trio said...

Sounds like a great book, and my daughter would totally love to have Ramen noodles for breakfast! :)

Cindy Hudson said...

Thanks for the recommendations. Moonshot sounds like a great book to check out. And good luck wading into the home fray.

Playing by the book said...

yes, this is a wonderful book. I'd only add that I think even someone who hasn't expressed an interest in the moon or space would be won over by this beautiful book.