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Countdown : 2979 days to the moon

by Slade, Suzanne,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 11 copies
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Powerful free verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would try to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. During the two thousand, nine hundred and seventy-nine days that followed his speech, eighteen astronauts climbed into spaceships; three of them died before even leaving the ground. Eight rockets soared into space. And four hundred thousand people -- engineers, technicians, scientists, mathematicians, and machinists -- joined Project Apollo in hopes of making the dream a reality.

Award-winning author and former mechanical engineer Suzanne Slade joins up with New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez to tell the powerful story of the successes, failures, triumphs, tragedies, and lessons learned from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to the first Moon landing.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Using narrative free verse, Slade recounts the U.S. race to the moon, focusing on the 2,979 days between President Kennedy's put-a-man-on-the-moon speech (May 25, 1961) and the successful lunar landing (July 20, 1969). She details Apollo 1's explosion, which caused the deaths of three astronauts; Apollos 2-3, which were grounded to retool for safety; Apollos 4-6, which tested the lunar module; Apollos 7-10, which returned astronauts to space and orbited the moon; and Apollo 11, which landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface. Slade's text is succinct yet full of intimate, insider details (for example, Armstrong and Aldrin left a patch commemorating the Apollo I astronauts on the moon), and the verse format results in appealing white space on most spreads. Gonzalez's mixed-media illustrations employ a realistic style that focuses on objects of significance: astronauts in full gear; a detaching, spent rocket engine; a fragile lunar module settling onto the Sea of Tranquility. Darker hues predominate, accented with bright yellows, reds, and oranges depicting rocket launches. Each chapter concludes with a spread summarizing the various missions and their astronauts, illustrated with captioned archival photos. Further information about the Apollo program, author and illustrator notes, and a bibliography are also appended. Elegant and informative, this is sure to attract casual browsers and true space nerds alike.--Kay Weisman Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: ""At first/ it's only a dream-/ an ambitious, outrageous idea." This account of NASA's first Apollo missions marries a captivating free-verse narrative with lifelike illustrations as it takes readers through the 2,979 days from President Kennedy's moonwalk announcement to Neil Armstrong's "giant leap for mankind." Gonzalez (Seven and a Half Tons of Steel) extends the realistic precision and lyrical imagery offered in words by Slade (Astronaut Annie) with vivid mixed-media illustrations that stun with photographic realism and varied perspectives, from a close-up of an astronaut's gloved hand to expansive, breathtaking scenes of Earth from afar. A spread of statistical recaps of each mission and its astronauts further complement the lyrical lines, along with several full-color NASA archival photographs. Addendums offer an Apollo 11 postscript and a glimpse into the jobs required for the Apollo program. (Women and people of color, as per history, aren't abundant in this account of U.S. astronauts.) Launched in advance of next year's 50th anniversary of the first moon walk, this well-researched title offers a stirring introduction to one of humankind's most impressive undertakings. Ages 10-14. Author's agent: Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary. (Sept.) ? © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Project Apollo (U.S.) -- Juvenile literature.
Project Apollo (U.S.) -- Juvenile poetry.
Project Apollo (U.S.)
Space flight to the moon -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Space flight to the moon -- History -- Juvenile poetry.
Manned space flight -- Juvenile literature.
Astronautics -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Space flight to the moon -- History.
Manned space flight.
Astronautics -- History.
Historical poetry.
Free verse.
Publisher Atlanta :2018
Edition First edition.
Contributors Gonzalez, Thomas, 1959- illustrator.
Language English
Description 144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-143).
ISBN 9781682630136
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