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FEBRUARY 26, 2010
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
With sparse text and beautiful illustrations, this picture book provides an excellent introduction to the moon landing. Beginning with the three astronauts being clicked into their space outfits and squeezed into their seats high above the rocket, until they land again with a splash, the now familiar journey to the moon and back is explained while a family on earth watches in front of their television set. The large format also provides details about the rocket design and separation of the stages, as well as the entry and quarantine of the astronauts inside the front cover. Inside the back cover is detailed information of President Kennedy's goal to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth, and the work by engineers to make this happen. This was awarded a 2010 Sibert Award Honor for best information book, among numerous other honors and awards. Highly recommended for kids ages 5 and up. This would also be good to read aloud, and shouldn't be missed.

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