Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
Rhyme, rhythm, and great illustrations make this description of Neil Armstrong's moon landing an ideal experience to share with preschool and kindergarten students. Four–line poems describe huge, double–page illustrations. It's hard to imagine a group of young, apprentice astronauts not "jumping out of their seats" as they share this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book. "Rocket orbits. Engines fire. Toward the moon. Soaring higher."
Books that can introduce physical science ideas are rare at the early childhood level. The excitement of the moon landing as described in this share–aloud classic can easily lead to personal observations. "Let's go outside and see the moon!" or "Parents, please help your child draw the moon on this calendar." There are also several websites, including an interactive one created by the John F. Kennedy Library, that allows children to see animated simulations of each stage in the launch.
Review posted on 1/16/2013