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Title:
First on the moon : what it was like when man landed on the moon
Author:
Hehner, Barbara.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Hyperion Books for Children, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Summary:
An account of the first moon landing by Apollo 11 in 1969.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1040 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.7 1.0 163038.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.7 3 Quiz: 15507 Guided reading level: Y.
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ISBN:
9780786804894
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Book

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Only two men could make history by first setting foot on the moon, but millions witnessed it -- among them the families of the brave astronauts, including eleven-year-old Janice Aldrin. She and the world watched spellbound as Neil Armstrong and her father, Buzz Aldrin, explored the Earth's nearest neighbor. First On The Moon brings readers there, both on the spot with the astronauts and back home, and allows them to experience this great adventure.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. From the I Was There series, this book describes the NASA mission that culminated in a walk on the moon. From the outset, the focus is split between astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, and Aldrin's daughter Jan, who watched the events on television. The attempt to include Jan's point of view brings little to the narrative, since children need no intermediary to help them relate to the story of Apollo 11. Indeed, when the text shifts from Jan watching the television set in her living room to events in space, the pace quickens, and the story becomes much more absorbing. Similarly, the idealized paintings of Jan and her family are much less effective than photographs of the family and those of the astronauts, their equipment, and even mission control. Many excellent photos and diagrams illustrate the main story. Timelines, a glossary, and a brief bibliography are appended. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Hehner begins her story on July 16, 1969, as the Saturn V rocket that would propel Apollo 11 toward its target stands on the launchpad at Cape Kennedy. She fills in some background by describing a tour of the facility that Buzz Aldrin gave his family six weeks earlier, focusing especially on Aldrin's 11-year-old daughter, Jan. The author then returns to the launchpad, resuming the countdown and follows the three astronauts on their historic mission, ending with the coast-to-coast ticker-tape parades on August 13, 1969. A brief epilogue sketches in a few highlights of later lunar flights; a time line of "Milestones in Space" and a brief glossary complete the book. In describing the mission, Hehner frequently returns to the Aldrin family, telling what they were doing and thinking during those long days. The informative and entertaining text is illustrated with an abundance of full-color and black-and-white photographs as well as paintings. Occasional sidebars offer additional information on the Saturn V rocket, space meals, the lunar module, and reentry. Michael Cole's Apollo 11 (Enslow, 1995) is comparable in scope, using fewer pictures and providing a bit more background on the three astronauts. Cole also footnoted quotations used in his text, something Hehner neglected to do. Nonetheless, First on the Moon will be useful for reports; pertinent information is clearly presented and easily extracted. The oversized format and attractive layout will draw browsers, and those just looking for a readable space adventure will find it here.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.