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