When We Walked on the Moon is a superb, accessible introduction to the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, the moon landings and a concise history of space exploration. July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969, as part of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission, and many books are being published on the subject, but this is the best I've come across tailored to youngsters. It's beautifully illustrated and each picture complements the text perfectly.
There are 11 short chapters including Getting to the Moon, The Eagle Has Landed, The Last Men on the Moon and a chapter all about The Astronauts involved in each Lunar Mission. It also covers all of the Apollo missions (11-17). Naturally, the text has some trickier words that youngsters may not have come across previously, however, there is a helpful Glossary section at the very back of the book and all other terminology is explained in layman's terms within the text.
Everything is explained clearly to aid understanding, and I particularly liked that it was interspersed with pull quotes made by some of the astronauts who took part in the missions as I felt this added an emotional side to it all which I welcomed. So if you are looking for a book full of factual information and tidbits of intriguing data then this is a great choice. This should be in every school, library and in the homes of those fascinated, as I am, by the subject of space travel. Many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group - Wide Eyed Editions for an ARC.
What a brilliant book this is - would make an ideal gift for a child (6+) interested in space, Moon and our world generally. It is informative, concise, entertaining, beautifully illustrated and full of interesting facts about... people on the Moon!
Food for thought: did you know that rubbish from every successful Apollo missions was left on the surface of the Moon, and will still be lying there on the ground in thousands and thousands of years' time.
With many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book for free in exchange for a fair review.
My 7yr old son has been learning all about space in the last term at school and with the anniversary coming up, this seemed a great buy. We've also got David Long's Pirates Magnified book, which he loves, so we hoped that this book would be packed full of similar fascinating details and weren't disappointed.
It strikes a great balance of being interesting for both children and adults alike - I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I carried on reading it when my son had gone to bed! It goes into detail about each of the astronauts and the missions (including Apollo 13) as well as about the three moon buggies still being on the moon, left behind, today.
A great book for anyone interested in space travel, both young and old.
What a lovely this book is. It has lots of details about the moon landing from the 1st attempt to the last time. You learn about who went to the moon and what they did. Plus the cost involved. The pictures are clear and I loved that you found out what happened after they landed on the moon. It is easy to read and aimed at 7 upwards. Thank you to netgalley for letting me review this book.