|Spacesuit : how a seamstress helped put man on the moon|
Author: Donald, Alison
Based on real events, how the sewing skills of a team of women bested some of America's top scientists to design the spacesuit that would eventually be worn on the first mission to the moon.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 503827
Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/19)
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Booklist - 07/01/2019 Ellie Foraker loved sewing as a child. As an adult, she worked as a seamstress. When a company engineer noticed the precise stitches in her work, he invited Ellie and her co-workers to help design and produce a prototype for a space suit competition. They collaborated on a new idea: a soft, flexible suit made of 21 thin layers meticulously stitched together. Engineers and military designers from other companies entered their own space suits, but Ellie’s company won the contract. On July 20, 1969, the seamstresses gathered to watch astronauts wearing their flawless space suits on the moon. The writing is as straightforward as the colorful, digital illustrations. “Inspired by real people & events,” says a note on the book’s cover. Apart from a few biographical facts about Foraker on the dedication page, it’s hard to know how much of this picture book is factual and what is fictionalized. In any case, it’s a good, simple story that many children will enjoy, and one of the few Apollo 11–related picture books to feature women. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.