Mission Control, This is Apollo
by Andrew Chaikin with Victoria Kohl, and Alan Bean

Price at time of review: $23.99
114 pp.
New York, NY
ISBN: 9780670011568

Grade Level: 3-5

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

The American goal of getting humans safely to and from the Moon is chronicled in this book that details the Apollo missions four decades ago. This accurate account will help middle and secondary students of space science put the facts of the program into a personal and meaningful context.

It will be hard for today's tech-savvy students to imagine a program of the scope of Apollo being developed at a time when communications across a site were difficult, safety suits were still being developed, and the flights were considered so risky that the controllers sat behind huge concrete bunkers. The book's mixture of historic photographs and paintings by astronaut Alan Bean help readers see the program through the eyes of those who lived it. Diagrams of rockets and modules are detailed enough to be studied and reproduced.

The book was named one of the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for 2010. A number of supporting text elements such as a "Quick Review" of the space program, notes from the author and illustrator, the epilogue, and an index help young readers put the story into context.

Review posted on 2/18/2010

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