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|First men who went to the moon|
Author: Greene, Rhonda Gowler
Through verse and informational text, the 1969 Apollo 11's historic mission is celebrated, from liftoff to moon landing to successful return to Earth.
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/19)
School Library Journal (04/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 K-Gr 2-In this title, author Greene explores a poetic journey to the moon and back with the men of Apollo 11. This book has a distinct first part and second part, with a narrative and artistic structure that changes halfway through. Greene's narrative text is reminiscent of cumulative tale, repeating a phrase from the previous spread as it builds from introducing Aldrin, Collins, and Armstrong, to landing on the moon, to the parade celebrating their successful return. Then she slightly re-words the rhyming couplets as they unfold in backwards order throughout the second half. The first half of the book also features nonfiction side notes, giving a small amount of context to the words and images, with no asides in the second portion. Brundage's illustrations in the first half portray active, dynamic scenes: the rocket blasting off, and Aldrin and Armstrong walking on the moon. The second half contains contemplative spreads like the bright moon surrounded by black space, and a close-up of the footprints the astronauts left behind. Two pages of endnotes include six photographs (five taken on the moon, one official portrait of the Apollo 11 astronauts), "Where are Eagle and Columbia Now?," further facts, sources, and books for young readers. VERDICT A good addition for the growing shelf of Apollo 11 titles.-Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.