One Small Step
by Jerry Stone

Price at time of review: $24.95
24 pp.
Roaring Brook Press (New York, NY)
New York, NY
ISBN: 978-1596434912

Grade Level: K-5

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

One young man’s scrapbook becomes a tribute to the first men who walked on the Moon. Memorabilia, photographs, and little details make this era seem real and personal to young readers for whom the 1960s might otherwise seem like ancient history.

This book has the look and feel of a genuine scrapbook. Beginning with bits from the history of human fascination with the Moon, the collection will invoke in readers the same fascination that the book's creator had for Moon exploration. Sections on the Apollo program, the Saturn V rocket, landings, and explorations follow. Copies of patches, newspaper articles, and trading cards enable readers to appreciate the excitement of the first lunar program. The embossed footprint on lunar soil adds to the message that our nation's "one small step" was a model for an era of exploration supported by a wide and varied scientific team.

This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2010 will be used again and again to support lessons in technology, methods of science, and Earth/space science. It could also become a model for student projects in which they collect information on other scientific endeavors or historical events.

Review posted on 2/18/2010

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