In simple, four-line rhymes, Linda McReynolds has captured for a new generation the eight breathtaking, breath-holding days of the Apollo 11 mission. Eight Days Gone recounts the July 1969, launch, orbit, landing and return of the spaceship Columbia and the lunar module Eagle.
It begins on a cheerful, sunny, colorful day in Florida,
Hundreds gather.McReynolds skillfully distills this immense project, this watershed accomplishment into its most basic elements, yet she disregards no aspect of the mission, giving recognition to Aldrin and Armstrong, the nation, the command center, Collins (who stayed aboard the Columbia), even the Navy - remember the days of "splashdowns?"
Spaceship ready -
set to fly.
Most striking is the painting of the "earthrise" on the black lunar horizon, a small astronaut placed in the lower left corner,
Desolation.Our tiny place within the cosmos is illustrated, but is boldly followed by the illustration on the following page where the astronaut fills a third of the page, confidently setting forth across the lunar landscape,
Haul equipment.May we always be reminded of both our infinetesimal status and our immense capacity to overcome it. A stunning book. Highly recommended.
A photo, bilbiography, author's note and websites are included.
This is Linda McReynolds' first children's book.
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NASA offers a K-4 student website as well as a NASA Kids' Club.
Did you know that China has its own space station and in June, they sent a manned (or should I say "wo"manned) mission to live aboard the station for two weeks? Details available from NASA or The New York Times. China plans a moon landing for 2016.