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Title:
The man who went to the far side of the moon : the story of Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins
Author:
Schyffert, Bea Uusma.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Astronauten som inte fick landa, om, Michael Collins, Apollo 11 och 9 kilo checklistor. English
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
77 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Summary:
A biography of the astronaut, Michael Collins, who circled the moon in the Apollo 12 space capsule while his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module and walked on the moon.
General Note:
Translation of: Astronauten som inte fick landa, om, Michael Collins, Apollo 11 och 9 kilo checklistor.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
850 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.0 1.0 83545.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.2 4 Quiz: 34854 Guided reading level: W.
ISBN:
9780811840071
Format :
Book

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Summary

Do you know the story of Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 astronaut who went all the way to the moon but never walked on its surface? Instead, he orbited the moon 14 times, surrounded by 701 power switches and 20 pounds of checklists. Reminiscent of a scrapbook, this extraordinary book chronicles what Michael Collins did, saw, and thought about in space. Through fascinating facts, quotes, checklists, original drawings, and photos taken both in space and on Earth, it also tells how the astronauts prepared for their historic journey, what they brought with them, and what they left behind.


Author Notes

Bea Uusma Schyffert is exactly one inch too short to become an astronaut, so she studied illustration instead. She has illustrated more than ten books. This is the first she's both illustrated and written. It received the prestigious Swedish Book Art Award


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. It's bad enough to go somewhere and have to wait alone in the car, but what if you traveled all the way to the moon and had to stay in the spacecraft? This is the story of Michael Collins, the astronaut on the 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission who did not walk on the moon. His job was to maneuver the capsule and wait while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module and planted the first footprints into moon dust. For 14 lonely turns, Collins circled the moon: The only thing between him and outer space is some insulation and a thin sheet of metal. More than a trip to the Smithsonian, even more than viewing the film Apollo 13, this excellent book--illustrated scrapbook-style with a cleverly presented mix of photographs, illustrations, and charts--communicates the excitement of space travel. Details about the Columbia--equipment, food (frosted flakes and peanut cubes), and the sights and smells--will fascinate readers. Schyffert does a brilliant job of capturing the enormity of space travel during this suspenseful journey. --Karin Snelson Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The story of the first lunar landing unfolds from an unexpected perspective in The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins by Bea Uusma Schyffert. While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, Collins maintained control of the command module, orbiting the moon 14 times. Featuring an eye-catching design and foil jacket, this book includes facts, checklists, personal notes and photos taken from Earth and from space, revealing what Collins saw, did and thought about during Apollo 11's historic mission. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Incorporating journal notes, scientist checklists, and family pictures, the author describes the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of one man's extraterrestrial experience. An engaging text, quirky drawings, and unusual book design add up to a stellar excursion. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.